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Zlatan Ibrahimovic blasts Mbappe for opting to stay at PSG in the summer

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Kylian Mbappe had recently become a hot topic within the Real Madrid camp following bombshell reports of his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the upcoming January transfer window.

However, the reports soon died down as Real Madrid appear to have no interest in signing the forward. Mbappe himself subsequently trashed the rumors, doubling down on his desire to remain at PSG.

The Frenchman, though, has been a subject of criticism from no other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic lately. The former PSG superstar has lambasted the attacker for his decision to remain at PSG rather than moving Real Madrid earlier in the summer.

“Mbappe did not make the right decision for him by staying at PSG,” said Ibrahimovic (h/t CANAL+). The Swede believes Mbappe’s contract extension at PSG made him bigger than the club, which is never a good sign for any footballer.

“Mbappé stayed & put himself in a situation where he is bigger than the club (…) When you lose your discipline, you lose your identity,” he added.

There have been reports of Mbappe’s fractured relationship with the PSG board, especially after the club opted not to sign a centre-forward in the summer. The player is also reportedly not happy with some of his teammates, including Neymar.

These reasons played a key role in fuelling speculation over his future. However, with Real Madrid out of contention, as far as his signature is concerned, it appears the French international is set to remain at PSG for the foreseeable future.

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  1. Iyke Louis

    November 3, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    He’s not serious….. too much ego…its foolish to accept too be bigger than ur pay masters

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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