On Wednesday night, PSG suffered yet another Round of 16 exit from the UEFA Champions League as Bayern Munich secured a 3-0 aggregate win over the French champions to send them packing from the tournament.
This comes as yet another blow to the expensively-assembled PSG side who could now face a battle to keep hold of their top stars after yet another failure in Europe.
Neymar seems to be set for an exit while Lionel Messi’s contract expires in the summer. And Kylian Mbappe continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid even though he signed a new contract only last year.
Indeed, after flirting with Real Madrid over a possible free transfer, the French superstar ended up signing a new two-year contract with Les Parisiens which expires in 2024.
While the deal has the option to extend by another twelve months, the player needs to green-light the activation. In case Mbappe does not, he could be available this summer as he would be in the final year of his contract or could depart as a free agent in 2024.
Following the defeat to Bayern last night, Mbappe was asked about his future in Paris and whether the UCL exit changes things for him. In response, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner appeared coy, as he said (h/t RMC Sport):
“Am I thinking about my future? No, no, I’m calm, said Mbappé. The only thing that matters to me this season is winning the championship. Afterwards, we’ll see.”
Despite being burnt by the Frenchman once already, Real Madrid remain interested in securing his services and will be involved in his pursuit this summer as he enters the final year of his contract.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether Mbappe angles for a move away from Parc des Princes this summer after yet another failure in Europe or decides to hang around for another year at which point he could be able to leave as a free agent.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.