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Real Madrid received a call from Mbappe’s entourage at the end of last summer – report



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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.

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Brazil ready to wait until June for Carlo Ancelotti – Romano



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Earlier today, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke openly about the rumours linking him to the vacant Brazil national team job.

The Italian tactician has emerged as the top target for the Selecao to succeed Tite, who was let go of after the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The president of the Brazil Football Confederation (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues, has made it clear that Ancelotti is the preferred candidate for the job.

Reacting to the same, Ancelotti, during his press conference today, said: “The reality is that the Brazilian national team wants me and I love it and I’m very excited about it, but then I have to respect the contract I have and I want to fulfil it.”

“I’m not surprised that there are these rumours. It doesn’t affect me, it doesn’t worry me. I’m just focused on fulfilling my duties with this club and with this team. I’m still here until Real Madrid allow me to stay.”

While the 63-year-old might be saying that he wishes to fulfil his contract at Real Madrid, which expires in 2024, he did not shy away from stating that he was happy about Brazil’s interest in him.

And now, Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Zone) is reporting that the Selecao are ready to wait until June to go ahead with the appointment of Ancelotti.

While the Italian tactician remains in control at this point at Real Madrid, things could change drastically over the next couple of months.

The La Liga title looks already out of the Merengues’ hands while they are also trailing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final. If they fail to go all the way in the UEFA Champions League as well, Florentino Perez could decide to make some changes, starting with Ancelotti.

Hence, Brazil are happy to wait patiently until June and see how the situation is at that point and whether Ancelotti is available. With no major matches coming up for the Selecao until September, they can afford to wait as well.

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