Kylian Mbappe’s future continues to be a never-ending subject of discussion and debate in the media as contrasting reports keep popping up about his next move.
Today is the deadline for the 24-year-old to decide on extending his contract until 2025, which he has announced that he does not wish to do. As such, PSG remain intent on offloading him this summer instead of losing him for free next summer.
Real Madrid remain the favourites to sign Mbappe even though clubs like Al Hilal are putting up world-record sums in terms of both transfer fees and salary to convince him.
Liverpool not in the Kylian Mbappe race
Amidst this, there had been talk of Liverpool entering the race for Mbappe as well, but Rodrigo Faez of ESPN (h/t Madrid Xtra) is now reporting that the Premier League giants are not among the contenders to sign the Frenchman.
It had been suggested in some media outlets that Mbappe could join Liverpool on a season-long loan deal, with the player and his mother both open to the move.
However, such a scenario does not appear to exist, with Rodrigo Faez reporting that the only club in contention to sign the 24-year-old attacking superstar are Real Madrid.
Real Madrid want the signing wrapped up soon
Even though there have been no concrete movements made by the club, Real Madrid wish to complete Mbappe’s signing by the second week of August.
The Merengues intend to have him at the club ideally before the start of the La Liga campaign, while PSG themselves would prefer to take care of the situation prior to the Ligue 1 season kicking off.
With Les Parisiens getting closer to the capture of Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, it could lead to the process of Mbappe’s departure speeding up in the coming days.
The next week is expected to be key for the deal and with no other rival in picture, Real Madrid will hope to complete Mbappe’s capture soon.
Real Madrid retain total confidence in Carlo Ancelotti despite derby disaster – report
Sunday night was a disappointing one for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The Merengues suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season as former striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace for the Rojiblancos while Antoine Griezmann was also on target.
Real Madrid might be feeling aggrieved by some of the calls made by the referee on the night but they were just not good enough to secure all three points at the Metropolitano.
Real Madrid retain full confidence in Ancelotti
Despite the disappointing performance and outcome, Real Madrid retain their full and total confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti, reports Jose Felix Diaz (via RM4Arab).
There had been question marks about the team selection made by the manager for the derby against Atletico Madrid.
After all, the Italian opted to bench Joselu from the starting XI to bring in Luka Modric and shift the tactics.
Aurelien Tchouameni was also left out despite being one of the team’s strongest performers this season with Toni Kroos being preferred.
The Real Madrid hierarchy wishes for the manager to trust the next-gen midfield for the big games but Ancelotti’s selection indicated that he is still not ready to do so.
Despite there being some differences, the board retains full confidence in Ancelotti.
Ancelotti accepts blame for defeat
It was a disappointing performance from Real Madrid in their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far and speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti accepted the blame for the outcome.
“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility. It’s my fault,” Ancelotti said.
With the game done and dusted, Real Madrid now turn their focus towards producing a strong comeback when they face Las Palmas later this week.