Kylian Mbappe has dominated the headlines in the footballing sphere over the past few days, following his decision to not renew his contract with PSG beyond 2024, which he informed the club via a letter.
The 24-year-old superstar’s contract now stands to expire next year, at which point he would become a free agent. Real Madrid’s idea had been to sign him on a Bosman deal when that happens.
However, PSG have now decided to sell their superstar this summer itself in order to avoid losing him for nothing next year. As such, the rumour mill has been buzzing with rumours of Los Blancos moving for Mbappe this year, with a €200 million budget reportedly set aside for his signing.
But, despite all the noise, Mbappe has maintained that he intends to stay put at PSG next season. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner had stated his desire to remain in the French capital earlier this week via a social media post while branding reports of him wanting to join Real Madrid as ‘lies’.
Earlier today, Mbappe appeared at a press conference ahead of France’s UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifier against Gibraltar, which is set to take place tomorrow.
Naturally, the presser was dominated with questions about his future and the 24-year-old reiterated his intentions to remain in Paris for the upcoming season.
“I have already answered this question (about his future). Staying at PSG is my only option at the moment and I’m ready to come back in pre-season,” Mbappe said, as quoted by AS.
When asked if his letter to PSG had caused unwanted noise in the national team camp, Mbappe replied:
“I don’t think a letter will kill or offend anyone. I can’t control the reactions in the press and outside, so I don’t really care about them. Besides, the letter wasn’t sent now, it was sent before the training camp, there are some things that I find strange and I insist, I am waiting for questions about the match.”
France President Emmanuel Macron played a key role in convincing Mbappe to stay at PSG last year when he was close to joining Real Madrid. And Macron recently said that he will again try to talk the forward into staying at the French capital club.
When asked how much influence the nation’s leader holds on him, Mbappe said: “On my career today, in 2023, none. He wants me to stay in Paris, my goal is to stay, we are on the same wavelength.”
Furthermore, talking about all the noise surrounding him over the past week, the attacker responded:
“I’ve been used to this kind of thing since I was very young. I’m thinking about tomorrow’s match. That’s my only concern. I’ve always managed to do both. I want to show tomorrow that I’m a great player.”
While Mbappe continues to insist that he wishes to stay at PSG next season, the club’s stance on the matter is clear – either renew or be sold. So, if an exit does materialise this summer, it would be at the club’s insistence.
Either way, Real Madrid will be following the situation closely as they are extremely interested in signing Mbappe be it this year or the next.
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.”