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Kylian Mbappe undecided between two options on the table

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The decision regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future has more than only sporting consequences. The youngster is one of football’s biggest stars at the age of 23, and his new club will benefit in terms of economics and marketing among other areas.

Unsurprisingly, it was revealed last week that the French president himself was persuading Mbappe to renew his contract, for his continuity would bode well for Ligue One and France. 

The winger has the world dancing at his feet. According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Mbappe has made no decision on his future yet, as he mentioned last week. Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid are the two options on the table, but the player is yet to choose his next club. Both sides are awaiting the player’s decision. 

The option of renewing with the French side seemed to be ruled out but has reemerged as a realistic possibility in the past week. Paris Saint-Germain offer double the wages proposed by Los Blancos and are said to be prepared to make him the captain of the side too. 

The goal-scoring machine spoke out about his future after PSG’s win over Lorient where he scored two goals and recorded three assists. When asked about his next club, Mbappe said,

“There are new elements, a fair amount of factors to take into account. Like I’ve said, it’s not an easy decision. I’m trying to make the best one along with those close to me,” said the young star.

“I’m taking my time to make the best possible decision. If I had made my decision, I would’ve announced it. Is it possible to stay at PSG? Yes, of course,” he added.

Even if the star decides to stay in France, a renewal will not be announced until May. Keeping that in mind, Real Madrid’s transfer plans are now suddenly in a state of jeopardy.

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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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