Kylian Mbappe’s future is a topic of not just sporting but national importance for France now. Losing the youngster would drastically reduce the popularity of Ligue 1 and cause a significant drop in viewership and revenue.
Needless to say, Paris-Saint Germain stands heavily to lose if Mbappe departs and are hence leaving no stone unturned to secure his renewal.
According to reports from Le Parisien (h/t Fichajes), the youngster’s agents are now in Doha to negotiate a possible renewal with the club. However, Mbappe is said to have put three conditions for that to happen.
First, the French international wants a UEFA Champions League winning project. This would be possible by signing strong reinforcements, especially in the middle of the park.
Second, the World Cup winner demands a change of manager. Despite having a star-studded squad, Mauricio Pochettino has struggled to bring the best out of the French side. In his place, Zinedine Zidane is seen as a realistic option.
Finally, the winger asks for a change in the sports director position. He does not share a good relationship with Leonardo and wants a new face to occupy the office.
Needless to say, Mbappe’s demands do not seem to be an astronomical task. One would expect the Ligue 1 champions to agree to the conditions, for his continuity at the club is far more vital.
PSG hopes to renew the player for another 2 to 3 years, reports The Athletic (h/t Madrid Xtra).
It remains to be seen how Real Madrid react to the new movements in the winger’s camp. Nevertheless, one could expect Florentino Perez to come out with an aggressive counteroffer to tempt the player.
According to MARCA, the World Cup winner will not communicate his final decision before the season ends (21 May), as the player wants to respect PSG.
However, Real Madrid remains calm, as according to the same report from the Spanish outlet, Mbappe already has a pact and an agreement with Los Blancos.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.