Not so long ago, Kylian Mbappe seemed destined to sign for Real Madrid. The French international’ contract was expiring and Los Blancos had tabled a mega contract offer for the attacker to convince him to snub PSG and move to the Spanish capital.
All looked in place for him to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu, only for Mbappe to perform a last-minute swerve and sign a new contract with PSG, a deal much more lucrative than what Real Madrid had offered.
Despite the move falling through, Mbappe’s links to Real Madrid continue to persist. And in an exclusive interview with the New York Times, the 23-year-old superstar has talked up the possibility of a transfer to the Merengues in the future, while speaking of the club affectionately.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” Mbappe said. “You’ve never been there, but it seems like it’s like your house, or something like this,” he further added.
On snubbing a move to Real Madrid this past summer, the 23-year-old superstar said that the talks held with France president Emmanuel Macron had a big impact on his decision.
“I never imagined I’m gonna talk with the president about my future, about my future in my career, so it’s something crazy, really something crazy,” he said. “He told me: ‘I want you to stay. I don’t want you to leave now. You are so important for the country.’”
“Of course, when the president says that to you, that counts,” he added.
Mbappe’s current contract with PSG will run out in 2025, at which point he will still be just 26 and his best years would still be in front of him. So, there remains a possibility that Real Madrid might return for him in the future and judging by his comments, the forward will be open to a switch.
When asked if he opted to stay at PSG because of financial reasons, Mbappe retorted saying: “No. Because everywhere I go, I’m gonna get money. I’m this type of player everywhere I go.”
On his career aspirations, Mbappe said that he plans to win the UEFA Champions League with PSG, while also admitting that he has his sights set on the Ballon d’Or.
“I think I’m about to win it [Ballon d’Or],” he said. “I always say I dream about everything. I have no limits. So of course, like you say, it’s a new generation. And Ronaldo, Messi — you’re gonna stop. We have to find someone else, someone new.”
PSG begin their Champions League journey later tonight against Juventus in Group H, while Real Madrid will kick off the defence of their European crown in a Group F clash against Celtic.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.