The past few months have seen Kylian Mbappe in a constant tug of war between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Neither side was willing to loosen their grip on the player’s future, which led to a period of contradicting reports on a daily basis.
However, the uncertainty has now come to an end. Though the French side offered him a lucrative contract to renew, Mbappe decided against it and now seems set to join Real Madrid.
According to reports from Diario AS (h/t MadridXtra), Los Blancos are set to officially announce the French star’s signing later this month after the finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid themselves play in the finals of the prestigious competition this year, and will face Liverpool in what will be a high voltage clash. The game is scheduled for 28th of May, and one could expect confirmation of the transfer within a week of its completion.
Madrid’s unreal run in the UCL was undoubtedly one of the factors that made Mbappe’s decision easier. The team made stunning comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City to secure a berth in the finale.
Mbappe has scored 25 goals and provided 17 assists in 33 Ligue 1 starts this season. He averages two key passes per game and has created 22 big chances.
In the Champions League, the 23-year-old had ten goal contributions in eight games. However, his run in Europe came to a close when Karim Benzema scored a second-half hat-trick to complete his team’s comeback over the Parisiens.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.