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Former striker says seeing PSG superstar at Real Madrid would be ‘pure happiness’



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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.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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