In a matter of days, all of Real Madrid’s hard work over the past two years seems to have been undone. The plan to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu was one of football’s worst kept secrets and was even considered to be a completed deal by many.
In football, there can always be a new twist until the official announcement is made. That is what has happened in the case of Mbappe.
According to reports from Hadrien Grenier, the Frenchman has decided to renew his contract at Parc des Princes. The official announcement, however, will only happen in May.
This would mean that the prodigy would no longer be a free agent in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain would undoubtedly look to keep the star in France for years to come, and any party interested in his signing would have to pay a hefty sum.
This puts the Galacticos in a tricky situation. Shelling out over €150 million on Mbappe would hamper their plans of strengthening the defence and midfield. Yet, it would give them one of the strongest forward lines in the football world.
In 26 Ligue One starts, Mbappe has scored 17 goals while providing 13 assists. He averages four shots and two key passes per game. Needless to say, he is the spine of the current PSG team.
The Parisiens are said to be offering the 23-year-old a yearly wage north of €50 million, double Real Madrid’s proposed salary. It remains to be seen if Los Blancos re-enter with a higher figure.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.