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Report: Reason behind Kylian Mbappe delaying Real Madrid announcement

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Earlier this year, in February, Kylian Mbappe delivered the long-awaited news that Real Madrid fans had been desperately anticipating for years

In a decisive move, he informed PSG of his departure as a free agent at the end of the season, thereby clearing the path for Real Madrid to realise their long-held aspiration of welcoming him into their ranks.

However, since the news broke, Mbappe has remained tight-lipped about his next destination, even though reports suggest that he has already signed for Real Madrid.

In fact, most recently in a press conference with the France National Team, he said: “I have nothing to announce. The day I have something to say, I will say it, but until then there is nothing to say,”

The reason Mbappe has not disclosed his future intentions

Now, Jerome Rothen, former PSG player and RMC Sport commentator, has shed light on the suspense of Mbappe’s future via SPORT.

Mbappe is on his way to Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Declaring the Frenchman’s transfer to Real Madrid is imminent, he said: “Mbappe is going to sign for Real Madrid. I’m not telling anyone anything new.”

Jerome Rothen stated he would make the announcement, “When PSG is eliminated from the Champions League or if Real Madrid is eliminated against Manchester City (in the quarterfinals) or in the semifinals.”

“As long as there is the possibility of seeing PSG-Real Madrid, he will not do it. He will not announce anything,” he added.

With no intention of creating unnecessary drama and becoming the centre of attention in the event both sides lock horns, Mbappe will only open up when the timing is right.

And that would be either after PSG’s elimination from the Champions League or if Real Madrid faces a similar fate against Manchester City in the quarterfinals or the semifinals.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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