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Emir of Qatar will not make new proposal to Mbappe to stay at PSG, talks advanced with Real Madrid



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It seemed like Real Madrid would be signing Kylian Mbappe from PSG on a free transfer in 2022 until the forward made a last-minute swerve and decided to continue in Paris by signing a new contract.

In the months to come, Mbappe went on to declare that the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, had played a role in changing his mind about his future, along with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

So, when reports emerged yesterday that the 25-year-old would be meeting Macron today, along with the Emir, naturally concerns grew about there being a repeat of the 2022 situation.

No new proposal to convince Mbappe

However, as per Fabrizio Romano, sources close to PSG inform that the Emir of Qatar, who also happens to be the chairman of the Qatar Sports Investments that owns the club, will not make any proposal to convince Mbappe to stay.

The Emir of Qatar is visiting France for the first time since 2013 and Mbappe will be a part of the reception that President Macron has arranged for the occasion.

And while the three parties will meet and interact, there will be no attempt made to try and convince Mbappe to change his mind and stay at PSG, after learning about his decision to leave in the summer.

As far as the Frenchman is concerned, he has been absolutely clear with the Ligue 1 champions that he wants to leave when his contract expires in the summer.

Furthermore, Romano adds that contract talks with Real Madrid are already in advanced stages.

So, as things stand, it appears that Mbappe’s mind is made up and neither Macron nor Al Thani will be attempting to change things.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or



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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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