As speculations over the future of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe continue to rise, the Frenchman was spotted with Real Madrid forward Rodrygo Goes while on vacation.
The Real Madrid players have been given a break by manager Carlo Ancelotti after their return from the pre-season tour of the USA.
And, making use of the vacation, Rodrygo is understood to have flown to Italy, where Mbappe is also on holiday.
And the two players happened to run into each other, with the Real Madrid winger sharing an image of them together on his Instagram.
Rodrygo wants Mbappe at Real Madrid
It is no secret that Mbappe is a top target for Real Madrid and they are keen to sign him either this summer or the next.
And Rodrygo has previously admitted that he would like to see the Frenchman make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
“He is a phenomenon, one of the best players in the world. Right now we need a player in that position, the sooner, the better. I am excited that Mbappé is coming, but he has a contract, he is in Paris, and we must respect him,” Rodrygo had said in June.
“I don’t have any information, we have to wait and see. Of course, I hope Mbappe comes because he will help us a lot. He is a real star, but we really don’t know anything,” he had further stated in an interview last month.
Will Mbappe arrive?
Real Madrid are playing the waiting game as far as their pursuit of Mbappe is concerned as they wish to force PSG to lower his transfer fee.
As such, they have not made any move to sign the 24-year-old as of yet while the player himself is continuing to insist that he wishes to see out his contract and leave for free next season.
For now, PSG have decided not to include Mbappe in the squad for their season opener next week, having already dropped him from the pre-season tour. If he does not change his stance, the World Cup winner could be banished to the stands for the entire campaign.
Real Madrid goalscorer played with a dislocated shoulder against Las Palmas
Journalist Arancha Rodriguez has claimed that Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz played the Las Palmas game with a dislocation in his right shoulder, which actually happened last Sunday during the derby match against Atletico Madrid.
The news was later confirmed by the forward’s father, Sufiel Abdekalder, who told The Athletic, “Yes [he had dislocated shoulder], but we didn’t want it to be public. Our 100% focus was on the match.”
The former AC Milan loanee started his first game of the season and it was his goal that marked the beginning of Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Las Palmas.
The 24-year-old was later replaced in the 57th minute but by then, the Los Blancos had already established a two-goal lead.
“I’m so proud, you can’t describe the feeling, it’s something unique. I can only thank the fans because I’ve had an incredible welcome. I’m very happy to be here and play for this badge,” the forward said after the game.
Special outing for Diaz
The Las Palmas game was the first time that Diaz started a game for Real Madrid.
The versatile attacking midfielder found himself among the five alterations made by Carlo Ancelotti following the disheartening derby performance against Atletico Madrid last Sunday, a game where Diaz was only introduced in the 70th minute.
The 24-year-old seized the opportunity with both hands, scoring the opening goal in what was a comfortable outing for the team.
Given the competition at hand, Diaz has been forced to settle for substitute appearances this season but fans have witnessed his unwavering dedication during this time.
The love he received from the Madrid supporters was shown when he was substituted during the second half.
While it is unlikely that his run in the first-team will continue, especially since Vinicius Jr. has now returned, the 24-year-old must continue to keep his head on the ground and work towards achieving the common goal this season.