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Real Madrid will be on the lookout for Mbappe as he refuses to extend till 2025

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Real Madrid were left red-faced when Kylian Mbappe decided to snub them in favour of renewing his contract with Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of last year.

The Merengues believed that they had the 24-year-old’s signing all sewn up only for him to make a complete U-turn and decide to extend his stay in the French capital.

However, Mbappe’s future is set to become a major topic of contention once again next year as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

PSG advertised that the Frenchman’s contract renewal was for three years until 2025. But there was an important detail in the new deal that he signed.

Mbappe penned an agreement for two years until 2024, with an option for extending until 2025. However, the caveat is that both parties should agree to trigger the extension.

And now, L’Equipe is reporting that the France forward is not looking forward to extending his deal by another year, which would mean that he could become a free agent in 2024.

Soon after Mbappe’s renewal, murmurs of unrest started to emerge and links to Real Madrid once again surfaced. And even though things seem to be under control, the PSG superstar is not entirely keen on staying at the club for much longer.

Mbappe has to decide on his extension until 2025 before July 31 2023 and as things stand, he has no intentions of doing so.

Real Madrid are alert to this development and could look to swoop in for the 24-year-old Mbappe if he becomes available for free next year.

The Spanish capital club need to replace captain Karim Benzema, whose contract expires in 2024. And Mbappe and Erling Haaland are the two top options that Los Blancos are looking at.

With the Frenchman refusing to extend his contract with PSG and the possibility of him becoming free next year very real now, a move to Real Madrid could be back on the agenda.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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