The start of the summer transfer window once again brought forth endless murmurs about Kylian Mbappe finally donning the white jersey of Real Madrid this summer.
After the player decided he would not renew his current contract beyond 2024 and PSG essentially closed the door on their star man leaving for free, the chances of him joining were certainly present.
But as the conclusion of a dramatic transfer window is in sight, it appears Mbappe will, after all, stay put in Paris.
Former France president delighted with Mbappe’s decision
France owes a great deal to Mbappe internationally, as the player helped the nation win the World Cup in 2018, and spearheaded the team to another final in Qatar.
His impact even at the club level can be seen, with Mbappe popularizing PSG and bringing more eyes to Ligue 1.
Now, former France president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has come out to reveal his delight at Mbappe’s decision to stay in Paris, claiming it is the best for all parties.
“I am happy that Kylian Mbappé is staying and I think it is the best solution for him, for the club and for the French national team. I think Nasser will talk about this soon, at the end of the transfer market,” he told Le Parisien (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
With confirmation that Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the club president, will speak on the matter, more clarity on the French forward’s future can be expected.
Are Real Madrid still in the mix?
Mbappe’s desire to join the Merengues has been well documented, but every year the saga prolongs, and eventually the move fails to come to fruition.
But considering the 24-year-old has not yet renewed his contract, his move as a free agent to the Spanish capital remains on the cards.
Reportedly, Mbappe has rejected the most recent proposal by the Parisians. As it stands, his intentions continue to be directed towards a departure next summer, and Madrid would be best placed to land him in that scenario.
Real Madrid starlet will not return from injury till November – reports
Life at Real Madrid has gotten off to a rather torrid start for Turkish starlet Arda Guler, who has already faced a large number of setbacks since singing for Los Blancos.
Aged just 18, the winger-slash-midfielder has already picked up seven injuries in his senior career, which is cause for serious concern, especially since a couple of them have affected his ligaments – which is always bad news.
Hotly-tipped to be an exciting addition to the Madrid squad going forward, the youngster had to drop out of their pre-season tour early due to a meniscus injury.
This was treated conservatively, but after that did not yield good results, he had to undergo a procedure and seemed set to make the squad against Las Palmas, before another injury setback.
According to Diario AS, the new problem can keep him out for three weeks to a month, which means his Real Madrid debut may have to wait till early November, after the first El Clasico of the season on 28th October.
Guler’s history of fitness problems
In their report, AS also state that the Turkish teenager seems to have a propensity for injuries, accumulating seven of them in his career already.
There is also word going around that his recovery from this meniscus issue was rushed and not handled adequately.
That, combined with a stroke of bad luck means Real Madrid have to be very mindful of how Guler is reintegrated into the squad going forward.
This new injury is reportedly a thigh problem which will also need to be treated with caution.
A special recovery plan
Carlo Ancelotti stated before and after the Las Palmas clash that the plan was for Guler to have some minutes against the Canary Islanders, but he said that genetics, luck and a lack of sharpness have a big part to play in this relapse.
The Italian manager did say that this issue is not as serious, but all signs indicate that there is an urgent need to work on the youngster’s conditioning.
AS thus say that a specific plan has been devised since the summer to enhance Guler’s fitness and his resistance.
This is a programme that is reportedly similar to the one Rodrygo followed when he arrived from Brazil, much thinner than he is today, but without having sacrificed his football qualities.