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Mbappe reiterates intention to stay at PSG amid Real Madrid links: “It’s my only option”

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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.

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  1. Godfrey Nguwodzawo

    June 16, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Mbappe my guy you are the next Ballon D Or winner in waiting and Madrid is the best team to make this a reality, Madrid has the right platform for you to achieve it,, go to Madrid as soon as possible, you are a galactico, u don’t need to think much just join Madrid

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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