By dropping Kylian Mbappe from their pre-season tour of Asia, PSG sent out a clear message to the Frenchman on where they stand as far as his future is concerned.
The memo from the French champions is as clear as it comes – either the 24-year-old signs a new contract or agrees to leave this summer. There is absolutely no chance that they will let him leave for free next year when his deal runs out.
As such, by omitting him from the squad and leaving him behind in France, PSG have pretty much put Mbappe for sale, with the player unlikely to feature for the club again until he makes a decision on his future.
Amidst this, The Telegraph is now reporting that PSG will start contacting Real Madrid and several other clubs who are interested in Mbappe and can afford his signing so as to discuss the 2018 World Cup winner’s sale.
The idea remains that there is no way the Frenchman would be allowed to leave as a free agent in the summer of 2024. As such, the Parisian giants would be willing to even entertain offers from Saudi Arabia if it meant that they receive a fee in exchange for Mbappe.
The 24-year-old, on the other hand, remains unfazed and is said to be even willing to stay on the bench for an entire season in order to see out his contract and secure his transfer to Real Madrid a year later.
Staying at PSG for another season would mean Mbappe would stand to pocket in excess of €150 million in salary and loyalty bonuses, something which he would have to forego if he leaves right now.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, they remain interested in signing him right now, but are watching the developments from a distance as they wish for PSG and Mbappe to resolve the situation between themselves before making a move.
It is expected that signing the forward could cost around €400 million in transfer fees, salary, bonuses, and commission payments, which would be a challenge even for a club as well-run as Real Madrid.
With PSG themselves now planning to reach out to Real Madrid and other clubs, it remains to be seen how the situation develops in the coming days.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”