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Real Madrid given serious warning about Kylian Mbappe’s arrival by former director

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Speaking to Cadena SER (h/t Mundo Deportivo), former Real Madrid footballer and sporting director, Predrag Mijatovic, has warned the club that Kylian Mbappe’s arrival could upset the locker room atmosphere.

Real Madrid appear all set to sign Mbappe from PSG in the summer, with the French superstar expected to arrive as a free agent as his contract in France expires at the end of the season.

Negotiations are progressing positively and in the right direction and all signs indicate that the 25-year-old would be landing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid warned

Mijatovic, however, has warned that Mbappe’s arrival could cause some problems in the Real Madrid dressing room, claiming that all top players would want to play, which could lead to exits.

“Having six ‘top’ players is a lot of headaches for a coach. That can upset the locker room atmosphere a little bit. Everyone thinks they have to play, so it’s very complicated,” said Mijatovic.

Predicting that it could be a long summer at the Santiago Bernabeu, he added: “Surely everyone will start pre-season and then the summer will be long.

“Besides, looking at Florentino’s history as president, he has never had a problem selling players. Figo, Hierro, Raúl, Casillas, Ramos… have all left. A lot of players who perhaps were not transferable. This is Real Madrid.”

Praise for Rodrygo

One of the players whose game-time is likely to be affected upon Mbappe’s arrival is Rodrygo Goes, who starred in the 2-0 win over Athletic Club on Sunday.

Rodrygo starred vs Athletic Club. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

The Brazilian speedster, who has been on the radars of Liverpool, earned praise from Mijatovic, who said:

“I love this kid, he’s a very complete player. He is much better on the left, but he also does interesting things in the other positions. He’s a player with a lot of quality and the goals look easy, but they’re brilliant.”

Signing off, Mijatovic added that Real Madrid must be careful integrating Eder Militao back into the squad and should not start him against Manchester City next week, saying:

“It would be hasty, he has to go little by little and give him minutes in the La Liga games.”

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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