22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has said that he would love to become the president of Real Madrid one day, adding that while he does not meet the requirements yet, he would absolutely love to acquire the position.
Nadal, who hasn’t played tennis since the Australian Open in January earlier this year, spoke in an interview with Movistar +, where he shed light on a few aspects, including his wish to become Real Madrid president and the transfer of Kylian Mbappe.
“Do I want to be president of Real Madrid? I don’t have that dream but I would like to,” the tennis star was quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
“But today we have the best possible president. Then, life takes many turns and you have to ask yourself if you are qualified for certain things. I think that I don’t meet the requirements to be one,” he added.
What is Madrid lacking?
The Roland Garros maestro also gave his opinion on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. First, he said that maybe Madrid could have signed one more striker this summer.
He also added that Jude Bellingham has been a spectacular signing for the team.
“Maybe one more striker would be good, I also think that. A spectacular signing like Bellingham has been made,” he said about the current squad.
About Mbappe, he said that he does not have any problem with the Frenchman because he decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain while extending his contract until 2025.
No problem with Mbappe
“Yes, I don’t have any problem with Mbappe. Quite the opposite. I’m happy for him. Of course, I like Mbappe. Who doesn’t like him?”
The tennis veteran also said that Mbappe has no obligation to come to Madrid as the team from the Spanish capital is bigger than any player in the world.
“What obligation did Mbappe have to come? Madrid is Madrid. Madrid is bigger than any player. That is the reality. He also has no obligation to come to Madrid when we Madrid fans want Mbappe to come,” he explained.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham