A lot has been made of Kylian Mbappe’s decision to snub Real Madrid in the nth hour. When the deal seemed all but done, the Frenchman announced that he would renew his contract with PSG until 2025.
The youngster’s move has garnered him many haters in Madrid. There has been open criticism of the player, both inside and outside the dressing room. Luka Modric has joined in the parade, too.
Modric is out of contract in June and yet to renew with Los Blancos. When asked about the status of his extension by Partidazo Cope via Fabrizio Romano, the veteran midfielder took a sly dig at Mbappe by saying,
“I’ve not extended my contract with Real Madrid yet, but I won’t do like Mbappe. And I hope the club won’t do that to me!”
This is not the first instance of a Real Madrid player openly reacting to the French star’s renewal. On the day when PSG officially announced Mbappe’s extension, Karim Benzema posted a photo on Instagram of late hip-hop icon Tupac and a man who betrayed him.
He did explain the photo, though, saying that it was not about Mbappe.
“The Tupac photo was not against Mbappe, I put it up because I love Real Madrid. This is not a story of betrayal or anything. Every month and a half, I put up photos of Tupac, who’s my favourite,” he said.
As for Modric, his contract renewal is only a matter of time. Both parties involved have expressed their intention to reach an agreement several times in recent months, and an official announcement is expected after the UEFA Champions League final later this week.
In 12 UCL starts for Madrid this season, he has provided four assists and averages 1.3 key passes per game. The team’s unreal comeback against Chelsea in the quarterfinals would not be possible without his timely assist to Rodrygo.
Modric will play his fifth UCL final in Paris on Saturday, hoping to lift the prestigious trophy one more time before his retirement.
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.