Sunday, February 04, 2024

What's up with Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid?

Spanish club has long sought to acquire Mbappe's services since his AS Monaco days

Paris Saint-Germains French forward Kylian Mbappe in the Champions League final. — AFP/File
Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe in the Champions League final. — AFP/File

It is well known that French star footballer Kylian Mbappe had long intended to join the famous Spanish club Real Madrid — a move which would prove to be a key milestone in his career.

However, the prospect of Mbappe wearing the Real Madrid jersey has been widely speculated by fans and the sporting world as there hasn't been much news as to when the young striker would make the move, and more importantly under what circumstances.

Nevertheless, after much ado, the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star has finally decided to join Real Madrid in the summer transfer window after his contract with the French club ends, Le Parisien and ESPN reported.

Mbappe's current contract ends on June 30, 2024, and as per the agreement, he is now legally allowed to not just talk to his future club but also sign a pre-agreement to seal the deal.

While the reports came from reliable outlets, none of the three parties — PSG, Real Madrid, and Mbappe's entourage — have made any comment on them.

Madrid’s interest in Mbappe despite not being able to sign him for six years remains as president Florentino Perez wants the Frenchman to combine with Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Jude Bellingham to form an attack that would rule the sport for years to come.

It must be noted that Madrid have been trying to sign Mbappe since his AS Monaco days in 2017-18 but the player decided to join PSG on a €180 million deal.

The deal was likely to happen last summer after the 25-year-old sent a letter to the French club saying that he would not extend his contract till 2025.

PSG reacted to Mbappe's letter aggressively and did their best to force him to leave the club.

In their extreme measures, PSG not only refused to select Mbappe for their pre-season tour to Asia but also made him train with the players who were no longer part of their project.

The footballer was also not called up for PSG's league opener against Lorient.

However, the 2018 World Cup winner was soon reintegrated into the squad after positive talks with the club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.