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Kylian Mbappe informs Florentino Perez: He is staying at PSG

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Kylian Mbappe’s transfer to Real Madrid has been a major talking point over the past couple of months, with the Merengues seeming set to acquire the Frenchman from Paris Saint-Germain.

However, there has been an unexpected turn, and the 23-year-old is set to snub Madrid and sign a new bumper deal with PSG.

The ever-reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio has confirmed that Mbappe has already informed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez of his decision, which, his representatives claim has been the toughest decision of his life.

Despite a league-winning season and potential Champions League glory for Los Blancos, they are set to miss out on Mbappe again.

This puts a major spanner in the works for their transfer plans. Perhaps, the motivation to help end the Parisian’s European title drought, a very lucrative financial deal, and a starring role in their project has convinced Mbappe to stay.

Mbappe has had a spectacular season in Ligue One once again, as PSG claimed the title and he was named player of the season.

The French government also reportedly tried to convince the 23-year-old to continue in France as the flag bearer of French football.

There is a high chance that this played a major role in his decision, and maybe also the motivation to continue alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar in one of the most fearsome attacking trios in world football.

The saga has finally come to an end. A gut-punch for Madrid but a huge statement of intent from PSG.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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