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PSG sporting director denies rumours of Mbappe wanting to leave

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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.

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Benzema talks Vinicius, Mbappe, Ballon d’Or, decision to leave Real Madrid

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Last Saturday marked a special moment for Real Madrid fans as Karim Benzema, the former captain and Ballon d’Or winner, made his return to Spain. 

This visit was his first in over a year and has generated significant excitement among his supporters. Benzema, now playing for Al Ittihad, was set to participate in a pre-season friendly match against Elche at Estadi Olímpic Camilo Cano.

The Al Ittihad team had been gearing up for the new season by holding training sessions in Benidorm, a well-known Spanish coastal town that is a favourite among tourists. 

This picturesque setting has provided a perfect backdrop for the team’s preparations, blending hard work with the beautiful scenery of the Mediterranean coast.

Benzema’s return to Spain is not just about playing one match. The 36-year-old striker is also set to face two of his old rivals in upcoming games. 

Al Ittihad has scheduled matches against Sevilla on July 26 and Real Betis on August 3. These encounters are highly anticipated, as Benzema has a long history with both clubs from his time in La Liga.

Real Madrid hold a special place

During a recent training session, Benzema took some time to sit down for an interview with MARCA, he shared his thoughts on his return to Spain and his enduring connection to Real Madrid. 

Real Madrid will have a special place in Karim Benzema’s life. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Benzema made it clear that, despite moving on to a new chapter in his career, Real Madrid will always hold a special place in his heart.

“[Last season was] spectacular, very good. Real Madrid are always the best team in the world. Players come and go, but Real Madrid will always be at the top, at the very top. It is the best and will continue to prove it,” he began saying.

“Joy. A lot,” said when asked about Madrid’s recent UEFA Champions League triumph. 

“It’s my team and I will always be on the side of Real Madrid and my teammates. It’s logical. Real Madrid is Real Madrid, something unique.”

Decision to leave Real Madrid

The 36-year-old forward left Real Madrid last year and when asked if he regrets he decision, he added,

“Some come and others go. It’s like that and it will always happen. It was the right moment. Of course, I look back and feel happy. 

“Last season they gave a sensation of power, of good football and that’s why they won the Champions League and the League. Today I don’t see any other team that can be better than Real Madrid,” he said.

Furthermore, when asked if there is any team capable of threatening Real Madrid, he said, 

“It’s the best team in the world. It’s always strong and fighting for everything. I stand there, look around and don’t see any team that’s capable of being better.”

Benzema picks Vini Jr for Ballon d’Or

Karim Benzema says Vinicius Jr deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

This year’s race for the Ballon d’Or is going to heat up as multiple players have made the case for themselves. However, Benzema thinks that Vinicius must win the honour.

“Ballon d’Or? I’m going to say Vini because he deserves it for his season and not just for what he’s done this year, but also for what he’s done last year. 

“He was also above the rest with his football and what he does with the ball. He’s a kid, a complete footballer”

Speaking about Vinicius, he added, “He can win a game on his own, of course with the help of his teammates, but he is very good when Real Madrid needs him and that is why I think he deserves it. 

“He is always there and he always shows up. For all of that, my favourite is Vini.”

Benzema’s thoughts on Mbappe

Karim Benzema says Kylian Mbappe was destined for Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The 2023/24 season had no owner of the number 9 shirt at Real Madrid, but Mbappe’s arrival has now fulfilled that. Speaking about his compatriot’s move, Benzema explained,

“Sooner or later he will play for Real Madrid. I have always thought that and that is what has happened. He is a great player.”

Lastly, when asked about Madrid’s dominance and if they can repeat the success of last season, he said, 

“Of course, of course. Really. I just don’t see a team that can be better than Real Madrid. Really. They have everything. Players, coach and president.”

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