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La Liga president comments on Mbappe to Real Madrid talk: “99% chance he will sign”

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Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe (h/t AS), La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed that Kylian Mbappe has a 99% chance of signing for Real Madrid now that his exit from PSG is confirmed.

Mbappe to Real Madrid appears only to be a matter of time now as the pace of the operation has picked up rapid speed after the Frenchman’s departure from Paris was confirmed earlier this month.

Talks over an agreement are understood to be in the final phase, with the image rights issue being close to resolved.

Tebas on Mbappe deal

And, now, further fueling the fire, Tebas, who has not shied away from talking about Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid in the past, has once again opened up on the speculations.

“Knowing that he is leaving PSG, there is a 99% chance that Mbappe will sign for Real Madrid. But I don’t know if he’s already signed,” Tebas stated.

Tebas then went on to add that it would be great news not only for Real Madrid but for Spanish football if Mbappe arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu, saying:

“Of course, it’s great news for Real Madrid and Spanish football. He is one of the best players in the world. From my point of view, Bellingham, Haaland, and Mbappe are the three most dominant players on the planet, and two of them are at Real Madrid.”

Tebas believes Mbappe to Real Madrid will help La Liga. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Given that a number of La Liga clubs are facing wage bill issues, Tebas was asked if Real Madrid are in a position to accommodate Mbappe’s massive salary, to which he responded:

“Yes, Real Madrid are a club in an optimal financial situation. The president and the general manager are very good managers, but they are very bad when they want to organise new competitions [alluding to the Super League].

“Financially, they are very reactive. At the moment, their financial results are very good and they can spend much more than they spend. Madrid have been very prudent financially and have prepared for the signing of Mbappe.”

On whether Real Madrid have to sell any players to accommodate Mbappe, Tebas said: “No. Their strategy is not short-term. They don’t have to sell anyone to afford Mbappe. They really don’t.”

It is no secret that Tebas does not share the best of equations with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. And when asked if he had spoken to the Los Blancos supremo regarding the Mbappe deal, the La Liga chief said:

“He hasn’t spoken to me for three years. But I am delighted that they have signed Mbappe. I’m taking advantage of this interview to send him the message that I’m delighted that Real Madrid are making this kind of signing to build a team of this stature.”

On how the signing of Mbappe would impact La Liga, Tebas said: “Signing big players is a boost, but it’s not essential. Of course, it’s better to have big names. Having coaches like Mourinho or Guardiola is useful.

“But players like Ronaldo, Neymar or Messi have left and La Liga is still doing very well. But Mbappe will help us, in the coming years, to consolidate everything we have already achieved.”

On the Super League

Tebas did not shy away from taking a parting shot at Perez over the Super League project, as he said: “The problem is not Real Madrid, but Florentino Pérez and his very personal vision. Every day there are more and more Real Madrid fans who don’t like the Super League line.

“Florentino knows how to manage a club very well, but he knows nothing about managing competitions. They are not going to succeed.

“The A22 project, which is Florentino Pérez’s project, has to get permission from UEFA. And they have not yet done so. The format they have presented goes against two essential values of the European sports model: solidarity and meritocracy.”

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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