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[Video] Real Madrid president confirms intention to sign Mbappe: “But not this year”

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Speaking to a fan, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed his intentions to sign PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, but added that the move will not take place this year.

Mbappe has been pretty much an obsession at Real Madrid for years now. The Merengues appeared to be close to signing the 24-year-old superstar last summer when his contract with PSG was on the verge of expiry.

However, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner made a shock U-turn and renewed his contract with Les Parisiens. Mbappe’s new deal with PSG runs until 2024 with an option to extend by another twelve months provided the player consents.

But widespread reports claim that the attacker does not wish to trigger that option and plans to leave PSG as a free agent next year, with Real Madrid reportedly lying in wait.

And, Perez pretty much seems to have confirmed the Merengues’ plans to go after Mbappe’s signing next year when his contract with PSG expires.

A fan asked the Real Madrid supremo: “Florentino, will you sign Mbappé?”

In response, Perez said: “Yes. But not this year.”

How Perez’s plans to sign Mbappe next year impact Real Madrid’s transfer plans for the upcoming summer remains to be seen.

Having lost Karim Benzema, the Spanish capital giants need to rope in a top-quality replacement, with Tottenham superstar Harry Kane being linked.

However, it has been suggested that Perez might decide not to go after the England captain as it could affect the Mbappe operation for next year. As such, he might prioritise a move for the French superstar in 2024 rather than investing in a top forward this summer.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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