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Real Madrid open to considering a move for Mbappe only on one condition



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Kylian Mbappe shocked the footballing world in the summer of 2022 when he snubbed a move to Real Madrid in favour of signing a blockbuster deal with Paris Saint-Germain that not only increased his salary but also handed him some executive powers within the club.

Mbappe’s snub felt like the end of the road for his wish to join Real Madrid. However, the rumours of a move to Spain have resurfaced once again in recent weeks, especially after the attacker’s exploits in the FIFA World Cup.

Real Madrid, though, have been firm in denying any links to the Frenchman as they are reportedly focused on elevating the status of their current stars such as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo rather than relying on the market.

However, speaking to Bernabeu Digital, journalist Tomas Gonzalez Martin has suggested Real Madrid may open the door for a potential move for Mbappe. They are indeed open to restarting the negotiations with PSG for the Frenchman if the player personally hands his club a transfer request.

The Whites also want the attacker to inform PSG of his desire to join Real Madrid if they are to restart negotiations. It appears the Spanish giants have no intention to replicate the month-long transfer saga in the summer when the attacker changed his mind at the last minute.

However, the road is far from clear for Real Madrid as far their desire to sign Mbappe is concerned. For one, the forward has a contract at PSG that does not expire until 2025. This gives Les Parisiens the leverage to hold out for a fortune for Mbappe.

Not to mention, the French champions pay the former AS Monaco starlet quite a premium, said to be worth around €100 million. Matching such a salary could break Real Madrid’s wage structure, thereby making the Frenchman simply unaffordable for the club.

With that in mind, it is perhaps fair to rule out any possibility of Mbappe’s move to Santiago Bernabeu for now.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”



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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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