This past weekend, Real Madrid issued an official statement offering clarifications regarding rumours of Kylian Mbappe joining the club next summer.
In the statement, Los Blancos made it clear that they have not had any form of negotiations with the PSG superstar about a free transfer in 2024.
“Given the information recently issued and published by different media outlets, in which there is speculation about alleged negotiations between the player Kylian Mbappe and our club, Real Madrid CF would like to state that this information is completely false and that no such negotiations have taken place with a player who belongs to PSG,” the official statement read.
PSG president responds
Now, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has responded to the questions about Real Madrid releasing a statement regarding Mbappe, claiming that he has not read it and is only focused on his club.
Further talking about Mbappe and his future, given that the forward’s contract expires at the end of the season, the PSG chief added:
“Kylian continues to achieve great things and maybe people take him for granted, but nobody has played two World Cup finals and even scored a hat-trick.
“I’ll say it again: Kylian is the best in the world, and it’s great to see him at the helm of PSG and France. He’s having a positive effect on our young people, helping us to build our future.”
Real Madrid want Mbappe
Despite distancing themselves from Mbappe through a statement, Real Madrid want to sign Mbappe next summer and are prepared to go all out for him.
PSG, though, are still trying to convince him to sign a new contract, while Liverpool are also in the picture to try and sign the French international.
But Al-Khelaifi remains confident that Mbappe will continue to lead the team in the future.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.