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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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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.

His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.

His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.

Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.

The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:

“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.” 

While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.

His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.

Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.

Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.

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