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Saudi Arabia has not forgotten about Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe: “Of course we like him”

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With Kylian Mbappe in the final six months of his contract at PSG, rumours linking him to Real Madrid have been dominating the headlines again.

In fact, reports recently have gone as far as suggesting that the 25-year-old has agreed to sign for the Merengues at the end of the season on a free transfer, although there is no official announcement yet.

PSG have been trying to convince Mbappe to sign a new contract, while there have been links to Premier League giants Liverpool as well.

Saudi Arabia also in the mix?

In the midst of all this, Saudi Arabia has potentially thrown its hat in the ring as the Middle East nation continues to target top footballers from Europe to boost the country’s sporting profile.

Saudi already raided PSG for Neymar last summer, with the Brazilian superstar ending up at Al Hilal. And there had been links to Mbappe as well, but nothing came of it.

However, it seems that the oil-rich nation have not forgotten about the French superstar.

In a recent interview, Prince Abdullah Saad Abdulaziz Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, revealed that Mbappe is a person of interest in the Middle East nation’s league.

“Of course we like him. Kylian Mbappe is a good player, he is strong and I hope to see him play in Saudi Arabia, in any team in our championship,” he said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“Saudi Arabia is now the monster of the market. We have Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. We have a strong championship and we will surprise again. More stars will come. Saudi Arabia plans to become the number 1 nation in football. Soon,” he added.

Any move for Mbappe is extremely unlikely this summer, however. The Frenchman is likely to sign for Real Madrid or end up renewing at PSG as things stand.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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