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Real Madrid urged to sign Kylian Mbappe by Tennis legend Rafael Nadal
Kylian Mbappe raised many eyebrows with his performance against Argentina in the FIFA World Cup final. The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored a brilliant hat-trick and played a key role in helping France fight through till the end.
Although Les Bleus were unable to defend the World Cup title, Mbappe’s performance catapulted him into becoming the most talked-about figure in world football right now.
Naturally, the performance has also led to the revival of speculations linking him to a move to Real Madrid. The attacker, after all, was close to a move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, but it did not materialise, with Mbappe ending up signing a contract extension at PSG.
Reacting to the entire transfer saga, Rafael Nadal has recently come out in favour of Mbappe. The tennis legend, who is an avid Real Madrid supporter, has backed the Frenchman and urged Los Blancos to sign him ‘tomorrow’.
Nadal also stated that he has no resentment towards Mbappe for rejecting a move to Real Madrid in the summer.
“I don’t have to forgive Mbappé for anything, in sports these things happen. He wanted to come to Real Madrid but he was under a lot of pressure and everything was complicated for him. I hope to see him at Madrid in the future,” he told AS.
Real Madrid were widely regarded as favourites to sign Mbappe, who was expected to depart PSG on a free transfer in the summer. But instead of joining Los Blancos, the forward chose to accept the lucrative terms offered by PSG.
Nadal, though, states that he would sign the Frenchman ‘tomorrow’ if he was in charge of Real Madrid. “As a Real Madrid fan, I will sign Mbappé tomorrow,” he said.
Although the Whites were unable to sign Mbappe in the summer, recent speculations suggest the Frenchman is unhappy with the PSG board and might want to seek an exit from Parc des Princes in 2023, potentially paving the way for Real Madrid to make a move.
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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich
Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.
A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.
Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.
This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.
However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.
It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.
The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.