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.
Real Madrid veteran believes he is the solution to team’s poor performances
Despite the enormous competition at hand, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is determined to show manager Carlo Ancelotti that the solution to most of the team’s problems is him reports Spanish publication AS.
The veteran midfielder, who has been playing second-fiddle for most part of the ongoing season, came off the bench against Getafe in La Liga and Union Berlin in the UEFA Champions League and as it turns out, he went on to play a crucial role in both wins.
Numbers speak volume
Despite starting just two of the six games Madrid have played this season, Kroos sits fourth in the list of most passes for the team (317).
The veteran German is only surpassed by the likes of David Alaba (398), Aurelien Tchouameni (379), and Antonio Rudiger (353), who have required an additional 263, 173, and 213 minutes respectively to do so.
Above all, he has played second most passes in the final third (55) despite the limited time, with only Tchouameni (56) ahead of him.
And so, Kroos is resolute in his mission to demonstrate to Ancelotti that he is the key to resolving several of Madrid’s primary issues at the beginning of the season, including the deficiency in creativity, the need for vision between the lines, and the quest for midfield dominance.
Kroos continues to drop 10/10s
Kroos has illustrated in recent matches that he deserves to be more than just a squad player. In games against Getafe and Union Berlin, he made impactful appearances during the second half when the team was facing adversity, significantly influencing their ultimate triumph.
With him on the field, Real Madrid unmistakably shift into an aggressive mode, relentlessly pursuing victory.
Similarly, in his two starts at the beginning, against Almeria and Real Sociedad, he demonstrated that his distribution prowess is simply unmatched.
It is believed that while Ancelotti acknowledges the arsenal of tools available to him, as a precaution, Kroos readies a gift for him before each match. A gift of unquestionable performance.