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PSG manager says Mbappe will be irreplaceable and thanks him – “There is no substitute”

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has admitted that he had the good fortune that he got to coach Kylian Mbappe in France, adding that it will be difficult for the Ligue 1 champions to replace the Frenchman.

It is to be noted that Mbappe is set to join Real Madrid in the summer after having announced his departure from PSG at the end of the season.

It is suggested that everything related to the player is finalised and Madrid are only waiting for the UEFA Champions League final to make the official announcement of his acquisition.

Speaking about his player, Enrique admitted that it would be very difficult for him to bid his farewell to Mbappe.

“I have had the good fortune to coach Kylian this season, it has been a difficult one for him after seven years at his club and all that he has achieved, it is difficult to say goodbye,” said Enrique in the press conference as quoted by ESPN.

No substitute for Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe will join Real Madrid this summer. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Enrique stated that along with their new players, will need to step up after Kylian Mbappé’s departure. However, he is confident that the club will eventually win their first Champions League title.

Enrique made these comments after PSG’s Coupe de France final win over Lyon on Saturday and this match marked Mbappe’s last game for PSG before his anticipated move to Real Madrid.

“There is no substitute for Mbappe, we cannot replace him, we will do it through the team and four, five or six signings we can make,” added Enrique.

The Spanish coach worked with Mbappe during the final year of the striker’s seven-year tenure at PSG. 

Lastly, Enrique, who led PSG to a domestic treble in his first season as head coach, emphasised the importance of preparation for the new season, especially since no single player can fill the void left by the French captain’s departure.

“Kylian’s replacement will be the team that, along with the fans and our ambition, will try to win everything in the following seasons,” he explained.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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