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Real Madrid plan to improve superstar duo’s contracts after Kylian Mbappe arrival

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Kylian Mbappe’s €15 million per season salary at Real Madrid pales in comparison to the forward’s earlier salary at Paris Saint-Germain, although he has been given the lion share’s of his image rights (80%).

However, the Frenchman still joins the club becoming the highest-paid player at the Santiago Bernabeu – a tagline that is sure to raise some eyebrows in the dressing room.

Keeping that in mind, Real Madrid are expected to take certain measures that can help them prevent any disruptions in the dressing room.

Real Madrid to revisit Bellingham, Vinicius contracts

With Kylian Mbappe’s €15 million yearly salary setting a new standard, AS suggests Real Madrid are preparing to address the contracts of Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham to maintain harmony within the dressing room.

It appears the Spanish giants intend to improve the contracts of both Vinicius and Bellingham, on account of their importance in the team.

Both players, after all, have played an integral role in helping Real Madrid secure the league title as well as the 15th UEFA Champions League trophy.

Mbappe will become Real Madrid’s top earner (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Vinicius, who scored in the UCL final against Borussia Dortmund, ended the season as Real Madrid’s top scorer with 25 goals.

Bellingham, meanwhile, also racked up 23 goals in his first season at Santiago Bernabeu and is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or.

Although some may see Mbappe as a far bigger star compared to either of these stars, thus warranting a bigger salary, Real Madrid are serious about avoiding any discrepancies in the dressing room.

As such, the club will look to improve the contracts of both Bellingham and Vinicius, at least in the short term.

However, it must be noted that a new signing becoming Real Madrid’s top earner is not a new phenomenon at the Bernabeu. The same thing has happened in the past with Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and Eden Hazard in 2019.

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Ancelotti’s Pre-Season Conundrum: How will Mbappe fit in at Real Madrid?

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As the countdown to Real Madrid’s pre-season ticks away, manager Carlo Ancelotti is grappling with a significant challenge as most of his key players have yet to return, presenting a puzzle that needs solving urgently. 

It must be noted that last summer while preparing for the 2023/24 season, Ancelotti and staff crafted a new formation to make the most of their attacking talents. 

They knew they would rely heavily on Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo, so they designed a 4-4-2 diamond formation that placed Bellingham in a crucial midfield role. 

This strategy, honed during the pre-season and refined throughout the campaign, allowed other players to adapt to a well-defined playing style.

There are new challenges now

However, with the pre-season just two days away, Ancelotti finds himself needing to rework his plans. 

The absence of Kroos and the inclusion of Kylian Mbappe present new hurdles and Ancelotti needs to adjust his tactics to ensure the team functions seamlessly. O

According to Mundo Deportivo, one possibility being considered is repositioning Bellingham to a deeper role, where he can orchestrate play alongside Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, or Aurelien Tchouameni. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to find a way to accommodate Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The challenge here lies in maintaining clarity and control of the ball, a trait Kroos excelled at, which will be difficult to replicate without a similar player. 

Dani Ceballos could step in, but he doesn’t command the same status as Kroos or the other key players and is also expected to leave.

What about the forwards?

The forward positions also need reevaluation. Vinicius and Rodrygo, although used as forwards last season, are not natural strikers. The same goes for Mbappe, who prefers playing on the left, clashing with Vinicius’ preferred position. 

This creates a conundrum for Ancelotti: how to accommodate the attacking prowess of his players while maintaining defensive solidity.

Ancelotti’s task is to find a balance that utilizes his players’ strengths without compromising the team’s structure. The upcoming pre-season matches against Milan, Barcelona, and Chelsea will be crucial. 

These games will offer valuable insights into how Real Madrid should approach the 2024/25 season. The pressure is immense, as always, and there’s no room for doubt. 

Ancelotti’s decisions will be under scrutiny from the first official match of the season, the European Super Cup against Atalanta, where success is expected.

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