The world thought Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid was a deal done and dusted. The two parties were said to have a verbal agreement over a free transfer in June, with the salary of the player set at €25 million.
However, the last two weeks have seen the transfer head in retrograde direction. French media have begun insisting that the player is considering a renewal at PSG, while the Parisiens have gone as far as to offer him the captaincy to change his mind.
Mbappe broke his silence to Prime Video via Fabrizio Romano when asked if he has decided his next club. The Frenchman said,
“I haven’t made my choice on the future, everyone knows that. I’m thinking, there are NEW elements and a lot of parameters. If I had made my decision, I would’ve announced it.”
When asked if staying in PSG was a possibility, the young forward replied, “Yes, of course.”
This news comes as a big shock to Los Blancos‘ offices. If Mbapoe renews his contract with the Ligue 1 side, Real Madrid might have to pay over €200 million in transfer fees to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
While the club do have the resources to shell out the required amount, it will be a big blow for the other transfer plans. Moreover, it would mean that Ancelotti’s team would no longer be in the race for Erling Haaland.
A decision from the Frenchman’s side is expected in the coming months. It remains to be seen if Mbappe is willing to run down his contract to seal his dream move or risks losing it by signing an extension.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.