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Real Madrid president makes sly dig at Mbappe after Champions League win

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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.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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