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Bellingham could be a problem for Mbappe at Real Madrid, says ex-Arsenal star: “Can you imagine?”



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Speaking on talkSPORT, former Arsenal and Barcelona star Emmanuel Petit has advised Kylian Mbappe to not join Real Madrid in the summer.

Mbappe, 25, is in the final year of his contract with PSG and is tipped to sign for Los Blancos as a free agent in the summer transfer window.

It was suggested earlier this month that an agreement might already be in place between the two parties, although the French superstar’s entourage has denied that.

Mbappe told to avoid Real Madrid

With his future still hanging in the balance, Mbappe has been told to avoid joining Real Madrid as he may no longer be as wanted at the club as he was two years ago.

“Madrid was ready to deliver the red carpet out for Mbappe with such a huge amount of money. They were ready to break the bank for him,” the ex-Barcelona and Chelsea star said.

“What happened afterwards is not the same situation now. Why? Because they felt probably betrayed, Madrid. I don’t know if that is right or not but this is the situation.”

Further adding on the matter, he said: “If he goes over there, he will have to prove that he is Mbappe, one of the best players in the world. It won’t be easy because he is not welcome the same way he was welcome 18 months ago.

“So everything has changed since then. If I am Mbappe I would ask the question myself: ‘If I really wanted to go to Real Madrid, I would have gone 18 months ago, why now?'”

Bellingham’s presence could be a problem for Mbappe, says Petit

On top of that, Petit went on to claim that the presence of Jude Bellingham in the Real Madrid dressing room could become an issue for Mbappe, for the Englishman is now the biggest star at the Spanish capital club.

“On top of this, you have got Bellingham. He is the star of Madrid right now. Do you think you can have mini-stars who can shine at Madrid?”

“For me, the choice is between Madrid and the Premier League. Can you imagine Bellingham if he comes to Real Madrid? They would have to change the wages for him,” he further stated.

“He is free. That means that he will receive a lot of money. Do you know how it works in the dressing room? The big players want to be the best earners.

“If they have a feeling that somebody has come from nowhere, not nowhere but you know what I mean, but he earns more than me? That could be the start of throwing him to the dressing room.”

Considering how Bellingham has settled in at Real Madrid and formed a close kinship with all of his teammates, including the likes of Vinicius Jr. and Eduardo Camavinga, Petit’s comments might come out as a bit outlandish.

Either way, it remains to be seen what Mbappe chooses in the weeks to come.

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Ancelotti talks Kroos retirement, Tchouameni, Nacho, Mbappe ahead of Real Madrid vs Real Betis



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Real Madrid will be playing their final La Liga game of the season tomorrow when they lock horns with Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It will be the final game that legendary midfielder Toni Kroos will play at the iconic stadium having announced his retirement.

Tomorrow’s contest could also prove to be captain Nacho Fernandez’s final home game ahead of a possible summer departure.

These topics featured heavily in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-match press conference today heading into the contest against Real Betis.

Kicking things off, the Real Madrid boss shed light on how the team was preparing for the game against Real Betis, with an eye on the Champions League final versus Borussia Dortmund in a week.

‘It’s preparation for the final, we’ve worked well this week. It’s the end of the league, we want to finish it well, it’s a fantastic season, we’ve done well from start to finish,” he said.

“It’s the farewell of a legend of our club, we have to enjoy it, it’s an important day. It’s been a deserved league, with a very high score, it’s the easiest league of my career to manage, for the atmosphere, for the squad…. Very, very good.”

The chat then moved to Kroos’ retirement announcement and how he viewed it, to which Ancelotti remarked:

“Veteran players, legends, have to choose their destiny. Toni has made that decision and we have to respect it. We have to see him off as best we can. I respect his decision, it’s the decision of a man with balls, it’s the reality.”

On how Real Madrid plan to replace someone of Kroos’ stature, he added: “Replacing someone like that is almost impossible, but this squad has the resources in the young players to take responsibility and follow the path marked out over the last ten years.

“Every year it loses pieces, but it doesn’t lose the atmosphere, the attitude and the commitment, they have to maintain the clean atmosphere that exists. It depends on each individual, but I don’t think it was a complicated decision for him.”

Kroos’ final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

On whether he spoke to Kroos to try and get him to reconsider his decision, Ancelotti replied:

“He was convinced. To say goodbye like that would be ideal. Then you have to have the courage to do it and I have a lot of respect for what he has done.”

During the press conference, Ancelotti confirmed that Aurelien Tchouameni was definitively ruled out of the UCL final, saying: “He’s ruled out for the final, but he’ll make it for the EURO.”

On whether the veterans will have to step up for the final part of the season, he said: “This generation has won titles and I believe it will continue to win them, and now we have the chance to win another one.”

Youngster Mario Martin has been called up to the first-team squad again for the Betis game after featuring against Alaves and Villarreal.

When asked if the 20-year-old has what it takes to remain with the senior setup in the future, Ancelotti said:

“He is progressing very well, he can be in the squad without any problem, he has quality and a good attitude. He, like other youth players, we can think that in the future he will be in the first team.”

Going back to the topic of Kroos, Ancelotti was asked to say what made the German international so unique, to which he responded:

“A very high and very consistent performance, with no drop-offs. One of the few who knows how to manage the tempo of games with possession. His passing is unique. He has contributed a lot to football, he is one of the best midfielders in history.”

When asked to pick his favourite game of Kroos, the Italian replied: “It’s difficult to choose one, because he has always played with a lot of continuity. He has always stood out.”

The matter of Kylian Mbappe then came up with Ancelotti being asked about the Frenchman’s possible involvement in the Olympics this summer.

“I don’t go into these issues. I like the Games, if I can I watch the Italian teams,” he said.

Finally, Ancelotti addressed the future of captain Nacho Fernandez, saying: “He hasn’t decided yet, we are waiting, but we are not in a hurry. After the season he can choose what he wants to do next season. Now his idea is to try to win the 15th.”

Source: AS

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