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Mbappe, PSG not making progess in negotiations as Real Madrid wait – report

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Kylian Mbappe has carved out an excellent situation for himself as clubs begin preparations for the season ahead.

The forward confirmed a few weeks ago his desire to continue at Paris Saint-Germain next season, which would subject him to a loyalty bonus of €80 million. But he also refused to extend his contract beyond 2024.

That meant Real Madrid could secure the signing of Mbappe on a free transfer while the player himself earns a lucrative bonus, leaving PSG scratching its head in the process.

The French champions are not ready to give up, though, and are trying to convince Mbappe to renew his contract. However, according to L’Equipe (h/t Mundo Deportivo), there have been no advancements in the negotiations between the two parties.

PSG are upset with Mbappe, as he had renewed his contract only a year ago. They want the Frenchman to either renew his contract beyond 2024 or leave the club. The player has refused to do the former.

Although Les Parisiens have stepped up their efforts lately, there remains no agreement so far. The disparity between the two parties remains high, with Mbappe hell-bent on continuing at Parc des Princes next season.

Real Madrid, for their part, have not yet made any moves in the transfer market. They are willing to play the waiting game and will only make a decision once PSG and Mbappe resolve the situation between themselves. Until PSG put a fair price on the Frenchman, Los Blancos will not move an inch this summer.

Having roped in Jude Bellingham for a fortune, Real Madrid are being understandably cautious with their market activity. The onus, therefore, is now on Mbappe and PSG to arrive at a conclusion, as far as the player’s future is concerned.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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