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Real Madrid believe Vinicius is a better player than Mbappe right now

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Out of nowhere, reports had emerged recently linking Kylian Mbappe to a move to Santiago Bernabeu once again. The reports had come out of England, but the Spanish media has since trashed the speculations, suggesting the club have no intention to sign the player.

Real Madrid are reportedly not interested in paying a single euro to PSG. The relationship between the two clubs has completely collapsed, though the situation could change in 2024.

A recent report from MARCA has offered an update on the situation. The report points out how Real Madrid’s decision to not go after Mbappe is not motivated by ‘revenge’ but is rather a well-calculated sporting decision.

Indeed, Real Madrid are not in a position to afford Mbappe’s salary. The club also do not like Nasser Al-Khelaifi and what PSG represent as a club. But more importantly, Real Madrid view Vinicius Junior, with all due respect to Mbappe, as a more able performer than the Frenchman.

The explosive forward is rated much higher in the Real Madrid camp than Mbappe, with the club certain that the Brazilian adds more value to the team.

Vinicius has indeed been an asset to Real Madrid in recent years. This season, for example, the Brazilian international has racked up 23 goals and 21 assists – making him one of the most productive players in Europe. What is more important is that the forward has delivered on the big stage and in big matches, including the Champions League.

Therefore, Los Blancos are not entertaining the thought of hiring Mbappe, especially as long as he is contractually obligated to PSG.

The report suggests the situation could change should Mbappe terminate his contract at PSG in 2024. But until that happens, the board will not be obsessed with the idea of bringing the Frenchman to Santiago Bernabeu.

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  1. Pat Grey

    May 14, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    What an errant nonsense to state that Vinicius, the man who holds on to the ball for far too long only to make bad passes, is more valued than Mbappe!!! I’m a life-long fan of Real Madrid, and I can categorically state that if Mbappe was playing the same position Vinicius is playing now, Real Madrid would have scored far more goals this season than what the situation is now. And Madrid wouldn’t be struggling now in the various leagues,including La Liga and UEFA. Despite occasional flashes of talent by Vinicius, until he learns how not to be selfish with the ball and that the success of any team is based on collective effort rather than on individual display, he has a long way to be compared with Mbappe.

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Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role

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At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.

Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.

While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.

Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.

However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.

Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity

Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.

Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.

And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.

Lunin in the driving seat

Making a big impression. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.

In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.

It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.

As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.

As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.

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