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When will Kylian Mbappe make his Real Madrid debut?

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Putting an end to a protracted saga with fans itching in anticipation for years, Real Madrid officially announced Kylian Mbappe’s signing yesterday.

The 2018 World Cup Winner will join the Merengues on a free transfer and has committed to the team for five years, keeping him with the team until 2029.

Although his signing has finally transpired, fans will still have to bide their time before Mbappe takes to the field with a royal white jersey.

After all, the domestic season has already concluded and Mbappe has his eyes firmly fixed on the upcoming Euros campaign with France.

When will Mbappe make his debut?

SPORT has published a report stating that Mbappe will not be travelling to Madrid until after the Euro Cup, which is being held in Germany from June 14 to July 14.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s next friendly encounter is scheduled for July 31 at Soldier Field against AC Milan.

Fans have to wait to see Mbappe in a Real Madrid shirt. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

With Mbappe’s international commitments over by then as he is unlikely to travel to the Olympics, that might be when Real Madrid’s star signing makes his long-awaited debut.

Los Blancos will have three friendly matches before the UEFA Super Cup clash against Atalanta, where they will face AC Milan, as well as league rivals FC Barcelona and Chelsea.

As such, Mbappe will have ample time to get into the groove with Madrid and acclimatize to his new surroundings ahead of the final.

Mbappe’s first impressions as a Madrid player

With everything public now and no more speculation to worry about, Mbappe has confessed relief over the announcement of his signing.

“It’s a big relief, I’m very happy, it’s easy to see it on my face. At the end of the season I played less, everyone knows why, but that won’t be an excuse during the European Championship,” he proclaimed.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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