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Rafael Nadal talks Mbappe, Vinicius, Bellingham, Ancelotti, Florentino Perez, Real Madrid presidency: “I would sign Mbappe”

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Rafael Nadal is widely hailed as one of the greatest figures ever to wield a tennis racket. Even though his family is from Barcelona, the Spaniard has always been an ardent Real Madrid supporter.

Nadal has never shied away from publicly vocalising his love for the Merengues and even aspires to work for the club in the future.

Speaking to COPE (h/t Mundo Deportivo) the legendary athlete touched upon matters related to Real Madrid.

Links tying Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid have become the norm every year now and the possibility of both sides finally uniting this summer is once again on the cards, as the Frenchman will become a free agent.

Recognizing Mbappe’s incredible talents, Nadal professed he would love to dress him up in the Royal White jersey, claiming:

“I would sign Kylian Mbappe for Real Madrid. Real Madrid have a super team, beyond the disaster of injuries this year. With Mbappe they would be even better, if I could contribute to the club in any way I would,” he added.

Real Madrid have a lot to owe to both Vinicius Jr. and Jude Bellingham this season, who have chimed in with some very important displays.

While Bellingham has arguably been Los Blancos‘ best player this campaign, Vinicius’ worth to the club cannot be understated.

And when asked to compare the pair, Nadal diplomatically gave them both their roses: “I will not choose, they’re both very good with different mentalities.

“I think Vinícius is spectacular and Jude Bellingham is incredible for what he has done since he came to Madrid at just 20 years old.”

Nadal is a fan of Bellingham and Vinicius. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Highlighting his love for the club, he added: “Real Madrid gives me happiness.”

Nadal also expressed his pleasure at manager Carlo Ancelotti signing a new contract, as he said: “He seems to me to be a gentleman and someone who transmits the right values for a sport that is sometimes difficult because it is sometimes very demanding.

“I like people like Ancelotti and in the team I am a fan of, I like to have someone like Ancelotti.”

Praising Florentino Perez’s work, who has navigated some stormy waters since taking over the club, Nadal said:

“The work Florentino Pérez is doing is impressive, in a situation as difficult as the pandemic, competing against clubs that have unlimited resources, the management of the young players, I don’t know how anyone could have done a better job.”

Despite previously publicizing his intention to become the President of Real Madrid, Nadal claims that stepping into the club’s leadership is not among his priorities right now.

“I am a fan for life but becoming the president of Real Madrid is not in my plans right now,” the 37-year-old exclaimed.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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