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Kylian Mbappe will wear the No. 9 shirt at Real Madrid, could change next season

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Real Madrid fans wait with bated breath to see the club announce the signing of Kylian Mbappe.

After years and years of courtship, Los Blancos will finally be able to call the French superstar a Madridista tonight, with the forward set to join the club for free after his contract with PSG runs down.

While the announcement will be made now, an official presentation is likely to take place next month, after the UEFA Euro 2024.

Mbappe’s shirt number

Ahead of the much-anticipated announcement, RMC Sport has come forward with details about the shirt number that Mbappe will be wearing at Real Madrid.

In the past, it was suggested that the French superstar would take the No. 10 kit, but with Luka Modric staying put at the club that appears to be out of the question.

As such, Mbappe is now expected to wear the No. 9 shirt at Real Madrid, one that has been vacant since his compatriot Karim Benzema left last year.

However, the report mentions that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner will likely wear the No. 9 shirt only for his first season and change to a different kit in the future.

With Modric expected to step down in 2025, the No. 10 kit could become available for Mbappe to take over.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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