The Kylian Mbappe transfer saga is far from over and there could be more chapters to unfold in the coming months as PSG continue to make efforts to renew his contract.
There have been some contract talks between the two parties of late, but as per an update from L’Equipe renewing his contract beyond 2024 is not something that the 24-year-old superstar is contemplating.
Mbappe willing to give up bonuses but no renewal
Indeed, as per the report, Mbappe is willing to stay at PSG for this season, but not beyond that, and plans to leave as a free agent when his current contract expires in 2024.
However, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is prepared to give up the €100 million bonuses he was owed in order to soften the blow of his departure to an extent.
PSG, for their part, continue to remain hopeful of convincing Mbappe to sign a new contract as they had done in 2022, with the club even willing to include a provision for him to leave in 2024.
The departure of Neymar and the signings of players like Lucas Hernandez, Ousmane Dembele, and Randal Kolo Muani are understood to have satisfied Mbappe and have given hope to club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that a renewal could be possible.
But as things stand, though, that is not something that appears to be in the player’s plans.
Liverpool in the picture
Should Mbappe decide not to renew, Real Madrid will obviously be in the race to sign him for free in 2024.
However, at the same time, Liverpool could also enter the picture for his signing, given that the 24-year-old would be available as a free agent.
The Reds have been long-term admirers of the Frenchman and amid question marks circling over the future of Mohamed Salah, who will be 32 next summer, Jurgen Klopp’s side cannot be ruled out as Real Madrid’s competitors for Mbappe’s signing.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”