The soap opera of Kylian Mbappe’s transfer to Real Madrid refuses to die down. It has been weeks since the Frenchman announced his intention to part ways with the club in 2024, but no concrete development has taken place since.
The long-awaited transfer appeared to be on the cusp of materialising last month, with Real Madrid even willing to offer over €150 million for his immediate incorporation. However, things took a drastic turn when the player insisted on seeing out his contract and accumulating the promised salary for next season.
Reports last week brought forth a new development of the Parisiens being open to offering Mbappe a unique contract. The said proposal would see him extend for two to three seasons but with a commitment to sell him in the summer of 2024.
According to reports from Rodrigo Faez, the Frenchman has refused to sign any renewal with PSG. He wishes to move to Real Madrid this summer and is now hoping to reach an agreement with his club so that a move to Los Blancos can pick up pace.
This comes as a massive relief to both parties involved, for it solves all the roadblocks in his transfer saga.
From PSG’s perspective, they will be able to finally recoup money from his departure and no longer risk losing him on a free transfer. As to whether he would be willing to let go of the bonus he is owed next year, that still remains unclear.
There is also relief in Madrid simultaneously. With Mbappe pushing to sign this summer, the Merengues will have their new marquee forward for the 2023-24 campaign and will save the signing-on bonus that would be expected had he joined next summer.
One hopes that the coming days will be decisive in Mbappe’s future. With the player taking a firm stance, this could finally mean the end of a seemingly endless saga.
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.”