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PSG optimistic about renewing Kylian Mbappe despite Real Madrid interest



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With the January transfer window only a couple of days away, speculations about Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid are once again starting to take centre stage.

While Los Blancos do not plan on signing the Frenchman in the winter, the idea is to secure an agreement with him over a free transfer in the summer, when his contract with PSG expires.

Mbappe’s deal with the French champions runs out on June 30, 2024, and he will be free to negotiate with any club starting from January.

Real Madrid plan on taking advantage of that and make a contract offer next week, post which they expect to receive a response from Mbappe by mid-January.

PSG optimistic about Mbappe staying

But, according to L’Equipe in France, PSG remain very optimistic about renewing Mbappe’s contract even though Real Madrid are lurking to swoop him away for free.

It has been previously reported that Les Parisiens have presented contract offers to the 25-year-old forward which have not been met with an affirmative response.

Despite that, though, there remains some optimism within the club that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner can still remain at the club beyond his current contract.

Last chance to join Real Madrid?

Meanwhile, it has also been suggested that this may be the final opportunity for Mbappe to sign for Real Madrid.

Los Blancos have been burnt before by the Frenchman, back in 2022, when he was close to joining for free, only to make a last-minute U-turn.

A deal could have been struck this past summer as well, but he wanted to remain at PSG and see out his contract.

If the deal does not go through in 2024, though, Real Madrid will move on from Mbappe for good and not revisit their interest in him again.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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