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Mbappe talks up future transfer to Real Madrid: “You never know what’s going to happen”
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.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.