Real Madrid were dealt with a massive blow in the summer when Kylian Mbappe rejected a move to Santiago Bernabeu in favour of a prolonged stay at Paris Saint-Germain. The forward even ended up signing a bumper contract extension at PSG that granted him additional powers at the club.
However, a few months into the new season, it appears the relationship between PSG and Mbappe has completely fallen apart. This has been reported by Mario Cortegana of MARCA, who suggests the Frenchman now wants to depart Parc des Princes in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Spanish journalist goes on to claim that the former AS Monaco starlet favours a move to Real Madrid, just months after he refused to move to Santiago Bernabeu.
PSG, though, have other ideas and only want to sell him to Liverpool, who are one of the clubs in contention to sign the Frenchman. However, with Mbappe keen on joining Real Madrid, we could potentially witness yet another elongated transfer saga.
Mbappe’s new season at PSG has seen him score 11 goals in 12 competitive matches so far. The forward has indeed managed to enhance his attacking partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar, with the three attacking playing a key role in PSG’s success so far this season.
Mbappe’s potential exit could serve as a major blow for Les Parisiens, who are also facing the risk of losing Messi in 2023. The Argentine has indeed been linked with a potential return to Camp Nou next year.
As for Real Madrid, they could be in for an interesting transfer window in January. Even though the club may have the option to go after Mbappe once again, it is worth noting that the relationship between the two parties had taken a hit during the summer when the player rejected the opportunity to move to the Bernabeu.
But most importantly, Real Madrid are one of few clubs who have the luxury to go after Erling Haaland in 2024. The Norwegian international has proven to be an instant hit in the Premier League and is arguably a more tactically sound replacement for Karim Benzema.
Hence, Los Blancos may have a decision to make as they look to choose between two of the rising stars of world football, neither of who can co-exist with the other.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.