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Chelsea open contract talks with key defender ‘admired’ by Real Madrid

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Dani Carvajal has been the mainstay at right-back for Real Madrid in recent years but is getting no younger. He turned 30 years old earlier this year and is headed towards the dusk of his career.

Lucas Vazquez has been a more than reliable backup option to the Spaniard, but the fact remains that he is not a natural right-back. In such a situation, Real Madrid are on the lookout for a top right-back to sign in the coming windows.

One of the names strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu is Reece James. The Chelsea defender is one of the most highly sought-after defenders in world football after his consistent high-level performances over the last two seasons.

Needless to say, Real Madrid have taken notice of his abilities and are admirers of his talent. According to The Athletic, Chelsea are aware of the Champions League winners’ interest in James and have begun talks over a contract extension with the player.

The 22-year-old is currently one of the lowest-paid players in Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Three years remain on his current deal with the Londoners, but a tempting offer from a top European club could lure him away from Stamford Bridge.

Last season, the youngster made 26 Premier League appearances for Chelsea. In that duration, he scored five goals, provided nine assists and averaged over seven defensive actions per game.

His impressive performances at the club level earned him a starting spot in Gareth Southgate’s England side ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Needless to say, an extension with Chelsea will not stop Los Blancos’ pursuit of the player next summer.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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