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France president admits to pressuring Real Madrid over Mbappe’s Olympics participation



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Eliminated from the UEFA Champions League with PSG once more, Kylian Mbappe is set to sign for Real Madrid in the summer.

An official confirmation of the move is yet to be made, but talks are very advanced and the player is even close to purchasing a new home in the heart of Madrid.

Mbappe will thus join Carlo Ancelotti’s side after the hectic hiatus that lies after the end of the club season. With the European Championships scheduled for mid-June, he will link up with the French National Team for their campaign in Germany.

The Paris Olympics soon follow, and while the player wishes to participate, all signs point to the fact that Real Madrid will not permit him or his compatriots in the team.

French President speaks

Speaking to RMC Sport in a recent interaction, the President of France Emmanuel Macron confirmed that Kylian Mbappe would leave PSG this summer and hoped that his ‘future’ club would allow him to participate in the Olympics.

“Mbappé at the Olympics? You have put maximum pressure on the so-called Club of the Future.”

Mbappe’s presence at the Olympics is a doubt. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Admitting that the current priority was the European Championships that will be played before the quadrennial event in Paris, Macron added,

“I hope he will participate. Anyway I put the most pressure on his future team but it is always the same, let’s see one match after another. First, we have the European Championship, and therefore on July 14 they must win.”

Date set

According to a breaking update earlier today, preparations for Mbappe’s farewell ceremony in the French capital are already underway as his departure from the club edge closer.

PSG play their final home game for the season this Sunday against Toulouse and it will be on that night that the player will say his goodbyes to the club he has represented for so many years.

An announcement of his agreement with Real Madrid, however, is only expected after the team’s UEFA Champions League finale at Wembley.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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