Real Madrid capped off their season by lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy for the 14th time on Saturday night. It was a loud statement from the Spanish side who were at one stage, not even considered among the favourites for the trophy.
The newly crowned kings of Europe have now officially ended their season and turn their attention to the next one. While the players will indeed get a well-deserved break to celebrate their great year, Florentino Perez’s job just begins.
Speaking after his side’s 1-0 win over Liverpool, the club president took a dig at Kylian Mbappe.
“Right now we don’t need any French star to come. We want players like Alaba and Camavinga,” he said.
“Madrid will continue working towards having the very best players here but Mbappe is already in the past,” Perez added. “It’s not an issue. Madrid have had a perfect season,” he added, as relayed by Independent.
Yesterday’s result is proof that Los Blancos have one of the most potent and clinical forward lines in world football. While Mbappe would indeed make them stronger, his signing is not a necessity at this point.
Nevertheless, the Santiago Bernabeu seems set to welcome another French star in the coming weeks. Aurelien Tchouameni has chosen the UCL winners over the other options on his table and an agreement with Monaco is just a matter of time.
The youngster will play as a backup to Casemiro in midfield, with the long term plan being to replace the Brazilian. Alongside Camavinga and Valverde, he will form the young core of the team.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.