As we enter the last few days of the summer transfer window, it is becoming clear that Kylian Mbappe will once again be not arriving at Real Madrid after weeks and weeks of speculations.
Things started when the Frenchman wrote a letter to the club stating he would not extend his contract which expires in 2024, sparking a flurry of rumours about a move to Spain as PSG did not wish to lose him for free next year.
However, Mbappe remained firm on his stance of staying in France for the duration of his contract and despite having briefly exiled him, Les Parisiens have welcomed him back into the fold recently.
Mbappe could renew contract at PSG
Since the rapprochement between the two parties, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been planning to convince Mbappe to sign a new contract with the club over the course of the season.
And now, Mario Cortegana is reporting that the Ligue 1 champions believe that their superstar forward could be closer to renewing than he was before and that things could pan out the same way they did back in the 2021/22 campaign.
Recent reports had suggested that contract talks had indeed taken place between PSG and Mbappe.
However, it was also claimed that the Frenchman had shot down the club’s latest proposal to renew his deal which expires next year.
Despite that, though, it appears that the Parisian giants are growing in belief that Mbappe could be convinced to sign a new contract.
Real Madrid move off if Mbappe renews
As reported before, if Mbappe decides to renew his contract with PSG, Real Madrid will end their interest in pursuing the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner for good.
The idea had been to sign the Frenchman for free next summer after their failed attempt last year, but if he pens a new deal once again, it would shut the door for a possible move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”