Kylian Mbappe’s future took an unexpected twist last summer when the youngster opted to stay at Paris Saint-Germain despite his turbulent relationship with the board.
After all, he had announced his decision to not renew with the Ligue 1 side and had set up the situation well to force through a move to Real Madrid.
Los Blancos have moved on from the Frenchman’s latest rejection and have found heroes in Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr.
Yet, they are keeping an eye on Mbappe’s situation in Paris and the developments ahead of next summer.
The doors are open
According to reports from L’Equipe, the possibility that Mbappe renews his deal with PSG cannot be ruled out. Word has it that he hopes to join Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer, but the situation is once again unclear.
No significant progress is expected on the future of Mbappe before the first quarter of 2024. The player is currently focused on his duties at PSG and is not thinking about his future.
Real Madrid are in the race, but Liverpool are beginning to get optimistic about their chances. Yet, it would be a surprise if the player left the French club for any team other than Los Blancos.
One last chance
According to reports earlier this week, this is the final summer that Real Madrid will entertain Kylian Mbappe’s transfer.
Once the 2024 summer passes by, they will omit his name from their wishlist for they feel they have given him enough chances to arrive.
Even in the forthcoming windows, any movement must be initiated by the player’s camp. With the ball in his court, it remains to be seen how he steers his ship.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.