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PSG defender claims he already knew about Kylian Mbappe’s renewal



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The phrase ‘Se Queda’ became infamous ahead of Neymar’s move to PSG from Barcelona. Gerard Pique posted a photo of him with the Brazilian prior to his €222 million move to Paris and used the phrase as a caption, which directly means “He stays”.

Needless to say, the tweet aged like milk for the Spanish defender.

While the defender told the world that Neymar would stay through those words, the player eventually ended up leaving the Catalan side soon after. When asked about Mbappe’s renewal with PSG by Movistar Futbol via MARCA, Achraf Hakimi chose to reference that very instance by saying,

“Good for Kylian. I should have done the selfie like Pique. As I am friends with him, I already knew about it from a few days.”

On the night of May 21st, the Frenchman revealed to the world that he would renew his contract in Paris until 2025. It was a big victory for PSG who had been fighting a bitter war with Real Madrid for over a year to secure Mbappe’s continuity.

Hakimi’s words bring to light that the World Cup winner had made his decision comfortably in advance. However, Pochettino revealed earlier today that the defender was the only one who knew about Mbappe’s renewal.

Since he joined PSG in 2017 from Monaco, Kylian Mbappe has scored 168 goals in 216 games. In 35 league appearances last season, he found the back of the net on 28 occasions and also provided 17 assists.

Ironically, Hakimi is a former Real Madrid player himself before he was loaned to Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He soon made his way to Inter Milan, and his success in Italy won him a move to PSG in 2021.

He has now become a regular starter under Mauricio Pochettino and is considered amongst the top right-backs in world football.

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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report



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Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.

The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid

Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit. 

Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.

Real Madrid not hiding their discontent

The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.

Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit. 

For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.

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Real Madrid are suspicious

Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition. 

For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.

As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.

Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.

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