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Pochettino talks on Kylian Mbappe: “I think he will stay 100%”

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Speaking to the media ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 game against RC Strasbourg on Friday night, manager Mauricio Pochettino has opened up on the future of superstar Kylian Mbappe.

The 23-year-old has only two months left on his contract with Les Parisiens and talks over a renewal have not gone well, with the forward believed to be keen on a transfer to Real Madrid in the summer.

Los Blancos tried to sign him last summer but were rebuffed on multiple occasions by PSG. The newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions have been desperately trying to get Mbappe to sign an extension, but have been unsuccessful in their endeavours thus far.

Despite that, Pochettino, who himself is staring at an uncertain future in Paris, has claimed that he expects Mbappe to stay put at Parc des Princes this summer without a doubt.

As quoted by Hadrien Grenier, he said: “From how I feel and perceive it, and also because I cannot wish for anything else, I think Mbappé will stay 100% next season.”

However, the PSG manager insisted that nothing is certain in football and things might change. “But you never know in football, you can expect a lot of things,” Pochettino said.

Mbappe has enjoyed another fine season on a personal level, even though the team have been unable to perform at the level expected. In 42 games across all competitions, the French international has netted 33 goals and assisted 22 more.

Despite PSG’s continued insistence that Mbappe could stay, Real Madrid are confident about their chances of signing the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner on a Bosman deal at the end of the season.

At 23, the forward has his best years well ahead of him and can prove to be an excellent acquisition for Real Madrid for a long time.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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