Former Real Madrid striker Carlos Alonso ‘Santillana’ has claimed that it would be ‘pure happiness’ to see PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old French superstar had been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer. But he decided to snub Los Blancos to sign a new bumper contract with the Parisian giants.
However, over the past couple of days, reports have emerged claiming that the former AS Monaco ace feels betrayed at PSG and is pushing for an exit from Parc des Princes, as early as January, with Real Madrid said to be his preferred destination.
And, Santillana has now claimed that it would be ‘pure delight’ to see Mbappe strutting his stuff out at the Bernabeu, although he did warn that fans might not have forgotten about what happened in the summer window.
“I don’t know what would happen for him not to come, there are still things we don’t know. What I think is that it would be a pure delight to see him and to do it at the Santiago Bernabeu would be pure happiness,” he said (h/t MARCA).
“Even so, a player alone is not essential but it is important to have a compact block. It’s going to give you a show, the fans will be happy but what has happened, the Real Madrid fans will not forget.”
While Mbappe favours a move to the Bernabeu, it is claimed that Los Blancos do not have much of an interest in signing him after the summer snub. Instead, it is believed that Real Madrid are favouring a future move for Erling Haaland of Manchester City.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.