A report from AS has emerged that Paris Saint-Germain will not offer Kylian Mbappe a new contract at the end of the season as they do not want to give him more money.
This means the only possible way he can continue beyond this season at PSG is if he agrees to activate the additional year he has in his contract.
As a result, the aforementioned outlet claims that Real Madrid now have a free way to sign Mbappe in the summer of 2024.
Nevertheless, PSG are still keen on retaining Mbappe in Paris to formulate a short-term future strategy centred around him.
For that, a compelling sporting argument is set to unfold to persuade the star player to invoke the clause for an additional year.
Mbappe experienced discomfort during his time at PSG due to his desire to occupy the left position, a spot always claimed by Neymar, who held greater influence within the club.
With Neymar gone, the problem was solved at PSG, but those sitting in the higher offices at PSG tell Mbappe, “You are going to go to a place where you will have the same problem with Vinicius.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid continue to maintain a state of calm. True to their consistent approach, they adhere to FIFA regulations and refrain from taking any action until January 1.
Amidst all this, PSG’s decision not to extend a renewal offer works in favour of Real Madrid.
So what next?
Following the tense episodes Mbappe experienced at PSG over the summer, particularly when Nasser Al-Khelaifi took a firm stance, calm has now been restored around the football star.
However, presently there’s no inclination to propose a fresh contract to Mbappe; instead, the expectation is for him to adhere to the terms agreed upon during the last renewal and this development poses fewer hindrances for Madrid.
Real Madrid currently enjoy a favourable position regarding their short-term strategy.
Vinicius has blossomed, they’ve identified a key player in Bellingham, and they have an alternative to Mbappe in Erling Haaland. Regardless, they have a clear path to persuade the Frenchman.
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