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‘Everyone knows what I want to do’ – Mbappe on his participation in the Olympics

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After several years of endless transfer speculation, Real Madrid’s announcement of Kylian Mbappe is only a matter of days or weeks.

The Merengues are set to officially present him as a Madrid player after the UEFA Champions League final and before the Euros begin in Germany.

Despite some hurdles with the date for his presentation, Mbappe is similarly keen on the transfer materializing in the initial weeks of June.

However, recently there has been some subject of debate regarding the Frenchman’s participation in the Olympics later this summer.

Madrid are hell-bent on not making any exceptions and are unwilling to allow Mbappe to join the Olympics, with their focus being on the pre-season tour in America.

Mbappe opens up about his participation

Now, Mbappe has come out to shed light on the situation, with a rather coy response to the rumours.

“Everyone knows what I want to do. I think we need to let things happen. I’ll be happy no matter what decision is made. Olympics in Paris is special,” Mbappe claimed (h/t Madrid Zone).

Real Madrid do not wish to release Mbappe for the Olympics. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

“When I know more, I’ll talk. But right now, I have no idea. It’s not up to me. When I’m sent a message, I’ll be there to receive it.”

While Mbappe would probably prefer to represent his national team colours in the Olympics, the tournament is typically used to provide younger players a platform.

And Real Madrid intend to have the 2018 World Cup winner present in their ranks immediately after the Euros concludes.

The team is optimistic that the players will follow through on their commitments and travel to preseason training in August.

Mbappe’s comments also showcase he will comply with the Real Madrid hierarchy’s ultimate decision.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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