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Mbappe underlines UCL ambitions amid links to Real Madrid: “I’ll never be satisfied”



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It has been close to a month since Kylian Mbappe revealed his disinterest in renewing his contract with PSG. The player’s statement took the world of football by storm, reopening talks of the player’s potential destinations.

However, Mbappe has been largely coy about his exit ever since. Though Real Madrid sprung back into the race immediately, there has been little contribution towards negotiations from the Frenchman’s end.

Earlier today, the youngster spoke to L’Equipe and France Football after being awarded the best French player of the 2022-23 season. On this occasion, however, he did not hold back. As revealed by MARCA, he put out some explosive comments over his situation in France, starting from why he desired to leave Ligue 1.

“Reasons to believe it’s my last season in Ligue 1? It’s very simple. I’m a competitor, when I play, it’s to win. It doesn’t matter who I play with, what shirt I wear or where I play, I never settle. I just want to win, win the Champions League. I’ll never be satisfied.”

Paris Saint-Germain’s cursed run in the UEFA Champions League is one of the fundamental factors pushing Mbappe out. Despite boasting a star-studded squad in recent seasons, the Parisiens have failed to hold their own in the competition.

“I don’t know what PSG needs to do to win the Champions League. It’s not a question for me. We did what we could. Ask the people that built the team, who built this club,” the young phenom said when asked about the reason for repeated setbacks in the UCL.

The youngster’s fiery statements just continued, as he went on to call his current team ‘divided’ and a constant target for media.

“I think that playing at PSG does not help much because it is a divided team, a divided club. So, of course, it attracts gossip but it doesn’t bother me because I know what I’m doing.”

The 24-year-old has proven to be a match-winner on the biggest of stages time and time again in his short career so far. He reiterated the need for a competitive club to match his wavelength, saying,

“I don’t want to be in a team just there to participate. That’s why sometimes people think I’m arrogant. Because I just hate participating. It’s not in my nature.”

Finally, Mbappe highlighted how he wishes to follow in the footsteps of some of football’s greats and the need for him to change scenery to bring out his best level.

“Myself, I trivialized what Messi was doing, what Cristiano Ronaldo was doing, what the great players were doing. We are in a consumer society, where it’s good, but do it again,” he said.

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Real Madrid retain total confidence in Carlo Ancelotti despite derby disaster – report



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Sunday night was a disappointing one for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.

The Merengues suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season as former striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace for the Rojiblancos while Antoine Griezmann was also on target.

Real Madrid might be feeling aggrieved by some of the calls made by the referee on the night but they were just not good enough to secure all three points at the Metropolitano.

Real Madrid retain full confidence in Ancelotti

Despite the disappointing performance and outcome, Real Madrid retain their full and total confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti, reports Jose Felix Diaz (via RM4Arab).

There had been question marks about the team selection made by the manager for the derby against Atletico Madrid.

After all, the Italian opted to bench Joselu from the starting XI to bring in Luka Modric and shift the tactics.

Aurelien Tchouameni was also left out despite being one of the team’s strongest performers this season with Toni Kroos being preferred.

The Real Madrid hierarchy wishes for the manager to trust the next-gen midfield for the big games but Ancelotti’s selection indicated that he is still not ready to do so.

Despite there being some differences, the board retains full confidence in Ancelotti.

Ancelotti accepts blame for defeat

It was a disappointing performance from Real Madrid in their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far and speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti accepted the blame for the outcome.

“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility. It’s my fault,” Ancelotti said.

With the game done and dusted, Real Madrid now turn their focus towards producing a strong comeback when they face Las Palmas later this week.

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