As we enter the second half of the transfer window, the time is approaching for Real Madrid to make a conclusive decision on Kylian Mbappe.
The forward had earlier confirmed his desire to stay at PSG next season, hinting that he would join Real Madrid next year.
However, PSG have no intention to sell Mbappe for free in 2024 and want him to pen a contract renewal.
Mbappe thwarts PSG’s latest renewal offer
According to the latest update from Fabrizio Romano, it appears Mbappe has no intention to renew his contract at PSG.
The Italian transfer expert suggests Mbappe has even rejected PSG’s latest renewal offer. The French champions have put forth a host of solutions to the table.
It even included a new contract with a guaranteed sale clause that can be activated in 2024. But the Frenchman has rejected that proposal as well.
What should be Real Madrid’s play here?
Real Madrid have appeared quite reluctant on making a move for the PSG superstar this summer, as it would require more economic provision.
Given the fact that the club have roped in players such as Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler, spending another fortune on Mbappe could indeed be a stretch.
However, Real Madrid have not completely ruled out the idea. In fact, the Spanish giants could reportedly make an offer for Mbappe on August 15, which is just around the corner.
For the time being, Los Blancos would continue to monitor the situation around the Frenchman. It will be interesting to see if the club plan to wait it out until next year before making a move for Mbappe.
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.”