Kylian Mbappe has remained a hot topic in the European market, which is hardly a surprise as the forward is likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain when the season ends.
His current deal at PSG expires at the end of the season and the forward has shown no indication to renew his contract. Real Madrid are waiting on the sidelines, ready to pounce on any opportunity to sign the player on a free transfer.
Mbappe dodges question on his future
Naturally, Mbappe’s current situation has led many to question his future at PSG and a potential move to Santiago Bernabeu next summer.
But in a recent media interaction, the Frenchman has refused to comment on his future, suggesting there are too many rumours.
“Last summer trouble now forgotten? I focus on playing football as there are already too many rumours,” Mbappe said (h/t Fabrizio Romano). “I let you speak about other things, you do it well.”
The forward was speaking to the media after PSG’s 3-0 win over Reims, where he scored a stellar hat-trick.
Real Madrid on standby mode
Real Madrid have recently released a statement denying all the market speculation, but that should not deter the Spanish giants from eyeing Mbappe in the summer.
In fact, signing the Frenchman still remains one of the main priorities for Los Blancos as they look to improve the quality of their attack.
Acquiring Mbappe’s services will be a costly affair even with the player being available on a free transfer, but Real Madrid are likely to take the toll.
In fact, the club from the capital may eye moves for other players as well, with the likes of Alphonso Davies and Florian Wirtz emerging as top targets.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo