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Real Madrid president wants three superstars as poster icons for new Bernabeu unveiling

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Despite Real Madrid’s insistence that they are not in talks for Kylian Mbappe and are surpised by the recent links between them and the PSG forward, things seem to be moving in the background.

Indeed, as per journalist Rodrigo Faez of ESPN, Real Madrid are looking to close the deal for the French superstar before the 2023/24 La Liga campaign starts.

As such, the next week will be important for all parties involved to make progress on the operation, with the idea being that the 24-year-old is a Galactico before the new season kicks off in the second week of August.

Florentino Perez has grand plans with Mbappe

The update from journalist Rodrigo Faez further states that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has grand plans for the unveiling of the new Santiago Bernabeu with Mbappe expected to be at the front and centre of it.

Indeed, the Real Madrid president wishes to have the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner to be one of the poster icons for the unveiling of the new Santiago Bernabeu, along with another new arrival in Jude Bellingham and resident superstar Vinicius Jr.

It is no secret that Vinicius is now seen as the face of this Real Madrid team and him, along with the likes of Bellingham, Rodrygo, and Eduardo Camavinga, will form the core for the future.

Perez wants Mbappe, Vinicius, and Bellingham as poster icons. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

And Perez wishes to add Mbappe into the mix as well, with the plan being that the Frenchman is on the posters at the unveiling of the new stadium later this year, along with Bellingham and Vinicius.

Real Madrid want to offer Mbappe a six-year contract

Beyond that, Faez’s update also states that Real Madrid wish to hand Mbappe a six-year contract until 2029, much like they have done with Bellingham this summer.

A fee of €250 million has been mentioned for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, but Los Blancos hope to reduce it to a figure close to €200 million.

It has been previously reported that finances are not an issue for the Spanish capital club who have the funds ready to move for Mbappe.

Furthermore, La Liga’s salary cap rules are also not expected to be a problem, with the club said to have a margin of around €200 million, more than sufficient to fit Mbappe.

Perez, when quizzed about the pursuit of Mbappe recently, had refused to give anything away, stating that he remained calm about things.

But it appears that things are starting to speed up behind the scenes as Real Madrid look to land Mbappe before the season starts.

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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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