Kylian Mbappe has once again become the hot topic in European football after recent reports that have revealed the player’s desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the winter transfer window.
Real Madrid, in particular, are among the clubs on red alert as the player himself favours a move to Santiago Bernabeu if he is allowed to leave the club.
It appears the Frenchman is unhappy with PSG as the club have failed to meet the promises that were made during the summer. That includes the signing of a number nine so that the forward could operate in his desired wide role.
Mbappe’s deteriorating relationship with star player Neymar is also among the reasons behind his desire to leave PSG in January.
However, interacting with the media for the first time since the rumours broke, PSG sporting director Luis Campos has plainly denied the rumours, suggesting he is yet to hold talks with Mbappe over any potential move away from Parc des Princes.
“Mbappé never spoke to me about this. I deny this info,” Campos said (h/t Olivier Tallaron). The sporting director made the announcement just before PSG’s game against SL Benfica in the UEFA Champions League.
Formerly of Celta Vigo, Campos was roped in as Paris Saint-Germain sporting director earlier in the summer. But as rumours have it, his presence has not had a positive impact on the team, including Mbappe. There are speculations that the Portuguese may even leave the club in the near future.
This would spell major disaster for PSG, who have enjoyed a decent start to the domestic campaign and are doing well in Europe as well. But with a lack of harmony within the squad, it appears the another UCL disappoint could be in offing.
Such an event would only fast-track Mbappe’s departure from Parc des Princes, although with PSG valuing the player at around €300-350 million, signing him would be a challenge even for the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.