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Mbappe opens up on decision to snub Real Madrid and stay at PSG: “It’s really crazy”



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In an interview with Sports Illustrated, PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe has again spoken about his decision to remain at the club in the summer when it looked like he would be joining Real Madrid.

Everything seemed set with regard to Mbappe’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu as a free agent until he made a last-minute swerve and decided to sign a new bumper contract with PSG, committing his future to the French club for three more years.

Mbappe has previously spoken about how conversations with France president Emmanuel Macron influenced his decision to remain at Parc des Princes. And, he has once again iterated that the phone calls with Macron played a key role in his staying at PSG.

“It was some calls from Macron. It was like December, January, February, March… Macron called me and said: ‘I know you want to leave. I want to tell you that you are also important in France. I don’t want you to leave. You have the opportunity to write history here. Everyone loves you,'” Mbappe said.

The French international added: “I told him I appreciated it because it’s really crazy. The president calls you and wants you to stay.”

Further elaborating on his decision, Mbappe added: “Of course, it was easier to go to Real Madrid. But I have this ambition. I’m French. I’m a child of Paris, and to win in Paris, it’s something really special. It writes your name in the history of your country for life.”

Mbappe also opened up on how his life had changed after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup while also admitting that the criticism he faced after France’s UEFA Euro 2020 elimination also made him consider leaving the country.

“That changed my life. I was already famous before, but after the World Cup, it was crazy. It took me a while to learn to keep calm,” Mbappe said.

“I thought: ‘I can’t play for people who think I am a monkey’. I am not going to play anymore. Then I reflected with the people around me and they encouraged me to continue. Giving up was not a good message because I am an example for people,” he explained.

Despite his decision to stay at PSG, recent reports have been indicating that all is not well between the two parties and Mbappe is already looking for a way out. Real Madrid, though, are believed to have no interest in signing the 23-year-old after his snub in the summer.

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  1. soundoftext

    December 3, 2023 at 6:02 am

    Wow, that’s quite surprising! It will be interesting to see how this decision plays out for both Mbappe and PSG in the long run.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros



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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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