The rumour mill is abuzz with speculations that Kylian Mbappe wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain as early as the January transfer window, only months after signing a new contract.
If reports are to be believed, the French international is hoping to join Real Madrid, after having snubbed them in the summer despite appearing set to sign for Los Blancos for a long time.
PSG, for their part, are believed to be open to letting him leave as long as he does not sign for Real Madrid.
Amidst these sensational developments, Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA is claiming that the reigning champions of Spain and Europe are not contemplating the signing of Mbappe at this point in time. The journalist also adds that some personnel in the Real Madrid offices are ‘laughing’ at the evolving saga.
However, contrasting reports are emerging from Josep Pedrerol on El Chiringuito TV, who is stating that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez never really closed the doors on the possibility of signing Mbappe, despite being burned by the forward in the summer.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner had looked poised to sign for Real Madrid on a free transfer earlier this year, until he performed a late U-turn and ended up renewing with PSG, penning a ludicrously lucrative contract that guaranteed him massive wages and a hefty signing bonus.
However, things have been rocky for Mbappe at PSG, especially with regard to his deteriorating relationship with attacking partner Neymar. It is also claimed that he feels let down by the club as they have reportedly not kept their promises.
Amidst this developing situation, whether Real Madrid will consider signing him or decide against such a move after having been left embarrassed by Mbappe in the summer remains to be seen, as contrasting reports continue to emerge on their stance.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.