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Kylian Mbappe tipped to become the leader at Real Madrid by AC Milan legend



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Former AC Milan star and legend Ruud Gullit thinks that when Kylian Mbappe moves to Real Madrid, he will be the leader of the team despite the fact that he will share the locker room with the likes of Vinicius Jr. and Jude Bellingham.

In a conversation with AS, the former Netherlands international gave his opinion on several aspects, including his take on how Real Madrid always want the best players in their team.

“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world. If Real Madrid calls you, you will often say yes,” he said.

He explained that Mbappe has already won a lot at Paris Saint-Germain, but the lure of winning the coveted UEFA Champions League can be achieved at Real Madrid.

“I understand that Real Madrid wants to get the best player, so they chose Cristiano and other players like him. And I understand that Mbappe will believe in his ability to win with Real Madrid. 

“He has already won a lot with Paris Saint-Germain, but he wants the Champions League and maybe he thinks it won’t happen at PSG. I still think he can do it, and I think they are a good team, but he has been there for a long time and he will want a change,” he added.

A leader at Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe will move to Real Madrid this summer. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Mbappe is set to arrive at Real Madrid over the summer on a free transfer and regardless of his stature, the French international will earn considerably less than what Real had offered him a couple of years ago.

In fact, the forward will earn less than what he pockets at PSG right now. Speaking about his presence, Gullit said that the French international will be a leader at the club.

“When Mbappe arrives at Real Madrid, he will be the leader. In this hierarchy, he will be the highest, and let us not forget that he has already won the World Cup at a young age. In another World Cup final, he scored three goals scored.”

Lastly, Gullit acknowledged that manager Carlo Ancelotti is well and truly capable of handling a player as big as Mbappe.

“Ancelotti can control Mbappe. He must make sure that all the players adapt to each other. And I don’t think Mbappe is someone very selfish. On the contrary, he is a very social guy. He will adapt as quickly as Bellingham has, his ways are very similar,” he explained.

Thoughts on Brahim Diaz and Jude Bellingham

Real Madrid’s top scorer this season. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

It is to be noted that Brahim Diaz is having a satisfactory season at Real Madrid and his performances are largely down to his three-year loan tenure with Milan. Upon asking if he misses Brahim at Milan, he added:

“Look, if he had played like he is playing when he was with us… (laughs). Because it wasn’t always the case. I think he has made a good decision, I have seen him play and he does it very, very well. The style is different, it has done him good to return to Madrid. 

“He has made the leap, I have seen him do things that he did not see him do when he was at Milan. Maybe it was just that, finding the right team and competition for him.”

Gullit, who acts as an ambassador for the Laureus Sports Awards, also spoke about Bellingham and his goal-scoring form, saying that he is the biggest surprise of the season.

“When you arrive at Madrid you have to adapt a little, to another style, to another way of playing, to another competition, to another language. And he did everything very, very well. 

“If you look at him, he seems like a good guy. And people see him that way, as a good guy, an intelligent kid who plays very well. He has adapted well, he socializes with everyone. That is very good,” he said.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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