The world has its eyes on Real Madrid. The Merengues have dreamt of signing Kylian Mbappe for several years now, yet are making no conspicuous efforts to swoop the player when PSG are open to selling him.
Florentino Perez’s silence, however, does not reflect any decrease in Real Madrid’s desire to sign the player. In fact, Carlo Ancelotti needs the superstar now more than ever.
We relayed earlier this summer that Los Blancos would not make a move until talks were initiated by PSG or Mbappe himself. The administration continues to be rooted in its stance.
According to reports from L’Equipe, Florentino Perez has an opening bid of €180 million ready to send to Paris for their star player.
However, he is just waiting for the winger to openly call for Real Madrid. The day Mbappe says “I want to leave PSG,” the club president will send the official proposal.
PSG banish Mbappe from training
At this point, it is clear that the superstar does not wish to renew in Paris. Even being omitted from the pre-season tour did not change his mind.
Reports last week revealed that the French club had offered Mbappe a new contract renewal once again. The fresh deal included a guaranteed sell clause for the summer of 2024. Yet, the player rejected it.
As such, Mbappe has been asked to train away from the squad that Luis Enrique has at his disposal and continue training with the ‘undesirables’ who are not part of the club’s plans for the upcoming season.
The Frenchman will not be considered for selection over the coming month either, until his future is resolved, one way or the other.
Mbappe is looking for a house
Real Madrid and Mbappe have been surprisingly silent through the entire saga this summer. However, both parties have made slow moves in the shadows.
Reports yesterday revealed that Mbappe is already looking for a house in Madrid. If the claims are to be believed, there appears to be a concrete understanding between the player and Los Blancos over a transfer.
PSG initially demanded €300 million for their star, and now appear to have lowered their demands to €250 million. While Real Madrid’s bid of €180 million still falls short, one must remember that it is the Merengues who are in the driver’s seat.
Real Madrid full-back never considered summer exit, would retire at club if given chance
Ferland Mendy finds himself in a difficult situation at Real Madrid. The Frenchman has struggled with injury and fitness woes for a large part of the past year, leading to doubts over his future at the club.
In fact, it had been reported that Los Blancos were considering selling Mendy during the summer transfer window earlier this year itself.
But, such a move did not materialise and the 28-year-old has stayed put at the Santiago Bernabeu although reports suggest that he is likely to be on the move next year.
Mendy would retire at Real Madrid if he could
Despite there having been numerous reports about his future in the summer, The Athletic reports that Mendy did not consider the possibility of an exit at any point.
In fact, the report adds that if given a chance, the 28-year-old defender would retire at Real Madrid.
Mendy’s contract with Los Merengues expires in 2025 and he is understood to be seeking a renewal for a while now, but there has been no move made by the club.
The injuries that the 28-year-old has picked up are understood to be a major deterrent for Real Madrid, which is why they are already looking to reinforce the left-back position with Alphonso Davies next year.
Mendy enjoys Ancelotti’s trust
Despite the non-stop speculations surrounding him, Mendy continues to enjoy the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, as per the report, the Italian tactician has informed the Frenchman that he is the left-back that best fits the defensive requirements needed in the team.
Ancelotti’s decision to bench Fran Garcia in the UEFA Champions League game even though Mendy was unavailable and start David Alaba at left-back was taken as an indicator within the dressing room that the Frenchman remains the first-choice in the position.
So, it remains to be seen how the situation unfolds over the coming months, especially with Ancelotti’s future also uncertain as his contract expires in 2024.