In a major development, Real Madrid have taken it upon themselves to dismiss reports of negotiations between themselves and PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, ahead of a potential free transfer move in 2024.
Real Madrid and Mbappe have been eternally linked with each other in the transfer market and with the Frenchman’s contract expiring at the end of the season, speculations are rife that he will be arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu for free next summer.
However, Los Blancos have acted to deny all these rumours and speculations, claiming that there is no talk between them and Mbappe whatsoever.
“Given the information recently issued and published by different media outlets, in which there is speculation about alleged negotiations between the player Kylian Mbappé and our club, Real Madrid CF would like to state that this information is completely false and that no such negotiations have taken place. with a player who belongs to PSG,” the official statement read.
Whether this move by Real Madrid has an impact on their chances of signing Mbappe for free next summer or not remains to be seen.
For now, though, the Merengues have decided to put some distance between themselves and the talks about Mbappe’s move to the club.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo