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Pep Guardiola: “With or without Mbappe, Real Madrid are always strong”

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Given their history and pedigree in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid are invariably considered the benchmark in the tournament.

With Los Blancos having recently secured their 15th title, it is difficult to dispute their dominance in European football.

And there is no better man to vouch for Real Madrid’s strength than Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who has faced his fair share of troubles dealing with the Merengues.

Real Madrid are unstoppable, with or without Mbappe

Manchester City were one of Real Madrid’s victims in the Champions League this season, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men overcame the Cityzens in the quarter-finals of the competition.

As if their current squad was not formidable enough, Real Madrid decided to bolster their ranks by adding Kylian Mbappe following their victory in the final against Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid have signed Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

But according to Pep Guardiola, Real Madrid are always a force to reckon with in the Champions League and the arrival of Mbappe does not change the fact that they are the rival to beat in the tournament.

“With or without Mbappe, Real Madrid are always strong. That is the rival to beat in the Champions League, there is no doubt, that they are the number one favourites.

If you meet Real Madrid, try to eliminate them. It’s motivation,” Guardiola affirmed (h/t beIN Sports).

It is anticipated that Real Madrid and Manchester City will again be vying to get their hands on the elusive trophy next season. Guardiola’s words imply that he will be eager to dethrone them.

While Real Madrid by no means needs Mbappe to be labelled a favourite, the 2018 World Cup winner in the front line is sure to spell danger for any opposition defenders.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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