It was rumoured earlier this week that Real Madrid had cooled their interest in Kylian Mbappe.
Having faced repeated rejections at the hands of the French star, it was said that Real Madrid no longer desired his services.
According to reports from RMC Sport, that is far from the case. Real Madrid are not out of the race to sign the PSG star, but are operating under new terms.
The novel conditions
Real Madrid are open to signing Kylian Mbappe next summer as their blockbuster arrival. The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season and would be available for free.
However, they will no longer be the party initiating the talks after having been burnt by the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner last year.
“If Mbappé wants to come, let him do the job,” sources inside the Real Madrid administration echo.
After all, the club are done chasing Mbappe and do not want to be caught in the middle if he renews with PSG again.
A question of trust
Mbappe has twice come close to joining Los Blancos, but the move collapsed on both occasions.
The first time, Mbappe extended his contract with PSG on deadline day to down Real Madrid. More recently, he announced his decision to see through the last year of his contract despite having the chance to push for a transfer.
Mbappe’s words have thus lost credibility in the eyes of Real Madrid’s leaders. If he wishes to join, he must take the lead. Los Blancos no longer want to be called the party leading the race.
Florentino Perez’s plan B, if Mbappe does not arrive, is Erling Haaland. However, the Manchester City star’s arrival is complicated in its own way, especially in financial terms.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.