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.
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.