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Real Madrid will not go out of their way to sign Mbappe – report
Paris Saint-Germain’s recent elimination from the UEFA Champions League has restarted the topic of Kylian Mbappe’s future. The French club’s repeated failures at the European level have reopened the possibility of him moving in the summer.
Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid are the first to be dragged into the topic given their long history chasing the Frenchman.
According to reports from MARCA, Los Blancos are bored and indifferent to Mbappe’s availability on the transfer market. The young phenom’s decision to reject the club after virtually sealing the deal in previous windows renders them mere spectators this time around.
The Madrid administration will continue to monitor Mbappe’s situation, however, will not go out of the way in trying to recruit him. Any attempt to join forces would have to come from the player’s end.
There is a realisation at Real Madrid that Paris-Saint Germain will not make the World Cup winner’s move to a direct rival easy. Given that the Merengues no longer see the need for a winger to be a priority, splashing money for Mbappe is seen as futile.
Mbappe has been one of the best players in Christophe Galtier’s side this season, scoring nineteen goals and providing three assists in just 23 league games so far. Most recently, he scored a 90th-minute winner to see his side past Stade Brestois.
The Merengues seem determined to splash their money on the midfield come June with Jude Bellingham being the top target. The wing, as it appears, is very far down on the list.
Vinicius Jr, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo Goes and Marco Asensio provide Ancelotti with sufficient depth in the department. Yet, Real Madrid has always been the club for the best players in the world, and Mbappe fits well into that bracket. Only time will tell what lies in store for the PSG superstar.
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Real Madrid locker room angry with Barcelona midfielder’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour – report
While the evident frustration among the Real Madrid players was quite visible following the recent 1-2 defeat against Barcelona, the feeling of vexation was not really limited on the field.
Journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that once the players got into the dressing room, the environment had an air of anger and frustration.
Players from each team had a go at each other right till the end, especially the likes of Dani Carvajal and Arnau Tenas, who had to be separated by several members from both teams.
Interestingly, before the aforementioned incident, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was already causing some trouble on the field. The youngster did not shy away from putting his body on the line throughout the game and it annoyed Madrid players to the extreme.
First, he pushed Carvajal in one incident and after that, he entangled himself in an off-the-ball clash with Dani Ceballos. The Madrid midfielder first had a collision with Robert Lewandowski and as the game moved on, Gavi made note of the incident.
During the run of play, Gavi pushed Ceballos with his shoulder and it did not settle well with the Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti. The players and the manager were disturbed by Gavi’s behaviour and considered it ‘unsportsmanlike’.
On the other hand, there was frustration involving refereeing decisions as well. It must be remembered that in the 82nd minute, Marco Asensio found the back of the net to send the Madrid fans into a frenzy.
The celebration, however, was cut short as VAR disallowed the goal for an extremely tight offside. “We are sad, frustrated,” a dressing room source told The Athletic. “What happened? A guy looking at a TV in Madrid has decided La Liga.”
Ancelotti, on his part, said: “The disallowed goal? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m leaving with this doubt. If the VAR is sure.”
“I leave this match very proud. I don’t think we deserved to lose today,” he added.