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Mbappe saga over for the summer, player will not join Real Madrid

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The future of Kylian Mbappe was once again one of the talking points in the transfer market this summer.

The player announced his decision to stay at PSG earlier in the window, but knowing he may leave for free in 2024, PSG wanted to offload him this summer.

This had put Real Madrid on red alert, but the Spanish giants are yet to make any substantial move so far.

Mbappe saga is over

With just a few days remaining before the transfer window slams to a shut, El Chiringuito has come up with a verdict on the Mbappe saga.

The Spanish news outlet suggests the Mbappe saga is finally over and the player will remain at PSG this month.

El Chiringuito’s claims were echoed by the reliable Fabrizio Romano (h/t RM4Arab) as well. The Italian pointed out that Real Madrid have held no negotiations with PSG over a move for the Frenchman this summer.

As such, Mbappe’s move to Santiago Bernabeu this summer looks almost impossible under the current circumstances.

Even PSG star Gianluigi Donnarumma has recently confirmed that Mbappe will stay in Paris, stating, “Yes, Kylian will stay for sure.”

What’s next for Real Madrid?

Real Madrid might have missed out on the chance to sign Mbappe once again this summer. But the club have good reasons to believe the Frenchman will join the club next year.

That is because Mbappe has no desire to continue his spell at PSG and has so far rejected every attempt to extend his contract in the French capital.

Mbappe’s contract at PSG expires at the end of the season, meaning Real Madrid can acquire his services on a free transfer.

The Spanish giants, however, will likely have to dish out a handsome signing bonus to the French international.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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