Spanish publication MARCA has made a stunning revelation that Kylian Mbappe’s entourage called Real Madrid at the end of the last summer, admitting that the footballer regrets his decision of extending his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
The purpose of the call, according to the outlet, was to know whether or not Real Madrid were still interested in his acquisition. The club did not really show any concrete desire towards signing the forward despite the fact that the talks went on for almost a month.
Eventually, the team from the capital city decided to end the chase but did not close the door on future bids. The player understands that as long as he himself makes no effort, the transfer to Real Madrid is not going to materialize.
It is understood that if Madrid are to chase Mbappe again, the approach is going to be very different. To begin with, the forward must lower his expectations in all departments and not just the financial ones.
Meanwhile, it must also be remembered that Madrid are monitoring another alternative in Erling Haaland, who, in 2024, can execute a clause that will allow him to join the white team if they agree to pay €200 million for his services.
Interestingly enough, Madrid pushed hard for Mbappe’s acquisition two years back, having launched as many as three offers worth €160, €180 and €200 million.
During these two years, the Frenchman has only added UEFA Champions League disappointment to his name and if he is indeed serious about Madrid, he must be able to convince PSG to settle on a decent price as Madrid are not going to negotiate.
Another thing that Madrid are pondering upon is the form of Karim Benzema. If the veteran forward continues to struggle for form and if it coincides with the team failing to win any major title, the team might very well look to approach a world-class No. 9 in the summer.
Real Madrid’s academy breakout star was close to signing for Atletico in the past – report
Nico Paz has burst onto the scene at Real Madrid after his recent heroics. The youngster was long hyped as Castilla’s brightest upcoming star, and his performances in recent games prove why.
Paz was the hero when Los Blancos took on Napoli earlier this week. Coming off the bench, he netted Real Madrid’s winning goal with six minutes left on the clock, thus scoring his first-ever goal with the first team.
Turning the clock back
As revealed in a recent update by AS, Paz’s arrival at Real Madrid was by no means a simple operation. It was made possible only through rigorous scanning and profiling done by the clubs scouts in Tenerife.
The youngster, at the time, was the crown jewel of the youth team in Tenerife. He was only 11 years old when the administration established contact with his father, back in April 2016.
It was only then that Real Madrid was made aware of Atletico Madrid’s strong interest in signing the player.
Los Rojiblancos had already made an important offer, and it was thus only Real Madrid’s timely intervention and negotiation that secured Paz’s signing.
An interesting clause
Paz’s entourage were naturally thrilled by the interest from Real Madrid and possible transfer. However, they had one clause that they insisted be met.
The Argentine ace’s entourage insisted that, as opposed to staying in the club facilities, Paz would reside with his family who would move to Madrid with the player. They value the family nucleus dearly and wished to keep the player in his comfort zone outside of training.
Needless to say, the green light soon arrived and Real Madrid won the race of Atletico Madrid. The rest, as they say, is history.