After months of reports stating the Frenchman’s desire to move to the Bernabeu, Los Blancos’ faithful were made to believe that the deal was virtually closed.
The feeling was so strong that the whole stadium chanted the World Cup winner’s name when he came to play against Real Madrid in the Champions League last month.
When French media outlets suggested a possible renewal for Kylian Mbappe at Paris-Saint Germain last week, hell broke loose in the city of Madrid.
According to reports from Jose Felix Diaz, however, the Madrid-based club remain calm with respect to Mbappe’s situation. They feel there is no turning back when it comes to the Frenchman. There is confidence in the club offices that he will be a Real Madrid player next season.
Yet, it remains to be seen if the player is still satisfied with the offer on the table from Spain. After witnessing the desperation on PSG’s side to seal his renewal, Mbappe’s entourage could look to capitalise on the situation and command a larger salary.
PSG have upgraded their signing bonus to a whopping €150 million and propose to make him the captain if a renewal is agreed. Now, all eyes are on Florentino Perez to see if he improves his offer.
Earlier this week, Mbappe was asked about the prospect of continuing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr next season.
“I’ve already answered. Messi and Neymar have been here since July. I’ve had time, I’ve seen them many times (laughs),” said the world-cup winner.
The statement is a clear message to the Real Madrid administration that the player has not had a change of heart. The ball is now in Los Blancos’ court.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.