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Real Madrid remain ‘big favourites’ to land Kylian Mbappe – Romano



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According to reports from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid remain the big favourites to sign Kylian Mbappe. There is interest in the World Cup winner noted from other parts of Europe, but none is strong enough to displace the Merengues.

Los Blancos have actively pursued Mbappe for a long time now. Florentino Perez dreams of bringing the French star to the club as its next marquee signing and has been working relentlessly towards it in recent transfer windows.

While the club’s admiration of the forward is well documented, it is also well-known that Mbappe himself dreams of donning the white colours. The PSG star has dreamt of representing Real Madrid since his childhood, making his eventual move to the Santiago Bernabeu more obvious.

The ongoing transfer window, on that front, is the closest Los Blancos have come to signing him. Mbappe appears unwilling to renew in France, and a move to Real Madrid is on the cards given PSG’s firm decision to sell him if he does not renew.

The recent entry of clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool into the race once again created doubts over Mbappe’s next destination.

The Red Devils have entered a full-fledged rebuild under Erik ten Hag and find themselves needing an elite goalscorer to cap off a talented squad. United’s entry into the scene seeded ‘fear’ in the minds of the Real Madrid administration, but Romano’s report puts the doubts to bed.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are also said to be prepared to meet PSG’s €200 million price tag for the French prodigy this summer. However, they do not have the player’s willingness nor do they have the financial leverage required to pull off such a mega move.

As such, Real Madrid remain the favourites to land his signature as it stands.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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