After pursuing him for a fair few years now, Real Madrid are reportedly bored with Kylian Mbappe’s transfer scenario, as per MARCA. They will not pay attention to him unless he publicly expresses his desire to leave.
Madrid understand that while Mbappe is a fan of their club and will likely eventually end up in the Spanish capital, they also know that they cannot force the move right now, especially with PSG’s financial power backing his stay.
The Frenchman was incredibly close to joining Madrid at the end of last season on a free transfer. The move was reportedly all but official, but Mbappe decided to renew his contract with Paris until 2025.
He was reportedly granted powers beyond the pitch as well, including retention of image rights and a say in the club’s transfer policies.
As PSG crashed out of the Champions League again this season against Bayern Munich, the rumours of Mbappe’s move to Madrid fueled up again.
However, a movement this big is not expected at the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of this season. They know PSG will not make this transfer easy at all, and Madrid will have to shell out a football record fee to sign him.
Karim Benzema has been struggling with injuries and form this season, and with age catching up to him, Madrid might want to seek out replacements immediately.
Mbappe is still their first choice to replace Benzema in the long-term, with Goncalo Ramos and Richarlison the backup plans. Any move, though, depends on the World Cup winner himself.
Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Atletico Madrid | La Liga
As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.