With the summer transfer window not very far away, transfer speculations are picking up speed. One subject that is certain to dominate the headlines this summer is the future of a certain Kylian Mbappe.
The PSG superstar has just a little over two months left on his current contract and has so far turned down the offers presented by the Ligue 1 leaders over a renewal.
A move to Real Madrid has been mooted for the longest time now and it could end up materialising at the end of the ongoing campaign, with the likelihood of the French international joining Los Blancos in a Bosman deal increasing.
And, Defensa Central has now come out with a report that highlights the importance of the role Karim Benzema has played to convince Mbappe to make the jump to Spain.
While Mbappe has always desired to move to Real Madrid, there had been some resistance from his father and family over a transfer this summer. The report states that they wanted the forward to continue at PSG for two more years before moving away.
However, Benzema has forged a strong bond with the 23-year-old forward and has been constantly telling him about the club, which has swayed the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, as per the report.
It is claimed that Benzema and Mbappe have become very close since the former’s return to the national team fold ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 last year. So much so that Mbappe wants to play at the club level with the veteran striker.
Considering that the Real Madrid superstar is already 34 years old, he might have just one or two more years left at the highest level. And, Mbappe is keen on joining forces with him at the Bernabeu before he retires or moves on.
As a result, the PSG attacker is believed to be pushing to sign for Real Madrid this summer itself rather than waiting for a couple more years as per his father’s wishes.
PSG, for their part, are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to convince Mbappe to stay. But all things point towards him joining Real Madrid this summer, with Benzema seemingly playing a key role in the decision.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.