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Real Madrid top target left out of PSG’s ‘GOAT’ sponsorship announcement

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe is an open secret at this point. In fact, it is quite surprising that the transfer has not gone through already given that Paris Saint-Germain are out of the UEFA Champions League.

The Frenchman is set to become a free agent in the summer, and can sign a pre-agreement with the team of his choice without any intervention from PSG. He has, however, hinted that staying with the French outfit is still an option.

In an interesting turn of events, PSG announced a new sponsorship today with lifestyle brand GOAT and did not include a certain Mbappe in the announcement illustration.

The photo that features GOAT on the sleeve of the PSG jersey includes Lionel Messi, Neymar, Marco Verratti, Presnel Kimpembe, and Achraf Hakimi standing in a queue against a blacked-out background.

As the face of the next generation in football, and a contendor to the ‘GOAT’ title, Mbappe is one of the most marketable players in the world right now.

Therefore, it would not be farfetched to suggest that this could be a hint about Mbappe’s decision, which is expected to be announced by the end of this season.

Madrid already have a proposal on the table for Mbappe and are ‘calm’ about his transfer. It is understood that they are confident about sealing the move despite interest from multiple clubs.

Barcelona, too, were briefly linked with a move for him, but those rumours saw the face of the bin soon enough after Joan Laporta dismissed any ‘financially risky’ transfer for the summer.

The World Cup winner has an incredible 20 goals and 14 assists in the league this season, and is leading the chart for both. He has also contributed in the form of six goals and four assists in the Champions League before eventually being knocked out by his dream club, Madrid.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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