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Real Madrid president puts an end to Kylian Mbappe links: “We have a great future”

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The Kylian Mbappe rumours have once again started to circulate within the European media lately, with speculations suggesting the Frenchman wants to quit PSG in the upcoming January transfer window. Real Madrid have reportedly emerged as the priority for the attacker.

However, in a recent media interaction, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reacted to the Mbappe rumours for the first time, suggesting that the club are not listening to rumours and are happy with their current crop of players.

“No, I’m not tired about Kylian Mbappé rumours — but I’m not even reading the stories about Mbappé!” he said (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

Adding to his comment, Perez admitted that he is happy with the current crop of attackers Real Madrid have at their disposal. He even floated the idea of Brazilian duo Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo potentially winning the Ballon d’Or in the future.

“We have a great future with Vinícius and Rodrygo — they’re top players, they can win the Ballon d’Or,” he added.

Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo have indeed emerged as two of the most consistent performers at Santiago Bernabeu this season, with the duo contributing 12 goals between them.

Vinicius was notably ranked eighth in the Ballon d’Or last evening, with his attacking teammate Karim Benzema winning the prestigious trophy.

Perez’s comments come in the midst of speculations over Real Madrid’s potential move for Erling Haaland. The Norwegian international has reportedly emerged as the transfer priority for Los Blancos, who have no intention to pursue Mbappe.

Perez, meanwhile, is not the only figure to react to recent speculations, as Mbappe himself has denied these rumours lately. However, given the nature of these two parties, it would perhaps not be wise to rule out anything just yet.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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