France’s top soccer star Kylian Mbappe exploded when reports emerged that his transfer to the prestigious Spanish club Real Madrid had been confirmed.
He denied his transfer, even issuing an official refutation saying, “It’s absolutely not true.”
French media ‘RMC Sports’ reported on the 8th (Korean time), “According to Kylian Mbappe’s close associates, there is no agreement yet on Mbappe’s future.”
European soccer is heating up again with the recent news that Mbappe has decided to go to Real Madrid this summer. French media ‘Foot Mercato’ reported on the 8th, “The suspense is coming to an end. Mbappe recently reached an agreement with Real Madrid. The saga between Real and Mbappe that started in 2019 is coming to an end.”
The media continued, “There has been progress, and a few days ago, Mbappe reached an agreement with Real. Mbappe gave Real the OK sign. After a stupid period of upsetting the Spanish media, an agreement was reached.”
“This seems like the right time. Mbappe feels he will not leave when PSG falters and is ready to take the plunge. Real Madrid have always been happy to welcome him. Real want to start a new winning cycle. This summer is a big dream. “I want to bring it about. Mbappe will be that,” he predicted. 지울프-토토
Previously, the leading Spanish media outlet Marca said on the 30th of last month, “Real is planning to contact Mbappe next week. If Real receives a positive response from Mbappe, they will sign a contract as soon as possible so that he can arrive in the summer when his contract expires.” “I will consider finishing it,” he said.
Mbappe’s contract ends in June next year. According to the ‘Bossman Rule’, a player whose contract is six months away from expiring can freely negotiate with another club and then move to a new team as soon as the contract expires. For Real, this is an opportunity to acquire Mbappe without a transfer fee.
According to Marca, the specific salary proposed by Real has also been released. The media added, “They will make the same offer to Mbappe as in 2022,” adding, “It is an annual salary of 26 million euros (about 37 billion won) and a bonus of 130 million euros (about 180 billion won).”
The leading French media outlet L’Equipe also published a similar report on the same day. They said: “Real will actually contact Mbappe and his representatives next week. If we receive a positive response, we will ask Mbappe for a written guarantee of his joining,” adding, “Despite the verbal agreement made at the time, it is unlikely that the incident will happen again in 2022.” “It’s because they are afraid of it,” he said.
At the time, Mbappe had reached a verbal agreement with Real, but even French President Emmanuel Macron urged him to renew his contract with PSG, so Mbappe remained in France.
Global sports media ‘The Athletic’ also said, “Real gave us a deadline to decide whether Mbappe will join this summer. We made it clear that if he wants to join, he must give us an answer before mid-January.” The related inquiry was introduced as an ultimatum for murder.
While Real was expected to finally complete the long-awaited signing of Mbappe, a close associate of Mbappe refuted the news that he had reached an agreement with Real, saying it was unfounded.
RMC Sports reported that a statement was released from the player’s side, saying, “Recently, as many rumors arose about Kylian Mbappe’s next destination, Mbappe’s side calmed the situation.”
Mbappe’s side denied the rumors of an agreement with Real, saying, “There was no agreement on Kylian Mbappe’s future. There was no discussion about his future. No influence of any kind can influence Mbappe’s discussions, reflections, and decisions.” .
Mbappe also recently confessed that he is undecided about his future.
After winning the Trophy des Champions (French Super Cup) against Toulouse held on the 4th by scoring an additional goal to secure a 2-0 victory following Lee Kang-in’s first goal, he said, “I am very motivated this year. “It’s very important. We love winning and we’ve already got one,” he said.
“I haven’t decided yet. I haven’t made a choice. But about the contract, I spoke to the club president last summer. Regardless of my decision, we will try to protect each other and keep the club calm. If I know what I will do, I will do it. “I won’t drag it,” he answered vaguely.
Real began pursuing the recruitment of Mbappe in earnest in the summer of 2021. Real approached Mbappe, who at the time had only one year left on his contract with PSG. Mbappe refused to renew his contract, and Real presented an astronomical transfer fee of 180 million euros (about 258.7 billion won) including options at the end of the transfer market. PSG did not respond and the transfer window closed.
PSG strongly pushed for a contract renewal. Due to the unprecedented scale of the contract, political circles, including current French President Emmanuel Macron and former President Nicolas Sarcoc, also put pressure on Mbappe. In the end, Mbappe stayed with PSG in May by signing a two-year extension with a one-year extension option.
Mbappe, who seemed to have entrusted his future to PSG, once again emerged as a hot potato in the transfer market last summer.
Mbappe, who has one year left on his contract with PSG after the end of the 2022/23 season, has indicated that he will not activate the clause that could extend it for another year. He announced that he would terminate his contract with PSG at the end of the 2023/24 season and leave as a free agent.
PSG, which had dreamed of a future with Mbappe, was furious. PSG Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi demanded that Mbappe leave immediately if he would not renew his contract, and Mbappe made explosive remarks that he would not be able to receive the Ballon d’Or from PSG, deepening the conflict.
If Mbappe did not renew his contract, PSG, whose summer transfer window was the last time to sell for a transfer fee, had no choice but to suffer, and ordered a relegation to the second division to put pressure on Mbappe. However, as Mbappe did not budge, PSG excluded Mbappe from the pre-season Asia tour list. In the opening match against Lorient, he was actually sent out to the stands and strongly appealed that he would spend the rest of the season in the second team.
However, the situation changed when PSG drew a draw against Lorient.
PSG, which had left a huge vacuum in its offensive line by suddenly sending Neymar to Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia, reinstated Mbappe to the first team. Since then, Mbappe has been active as an ace, scoring 29 goals in 26 games in all competitions, including 14 goals in 12 league games, 3 goals in 5 Champions League games, 1 goal in the Tropez des Champions, and 3 goals in 1 French FA Cup game.
However, since he has not yet signed a new contract with PSG, he will be eligible to freely negotiate with other clubs once the winter transfer market begins. In this situation, Real, which was known to have given up on Mbappe, was found to be still targeting Mbappe.
Previously, Real refuted the suspicion that it had concluded preliminary negotiations with Mbappe by making an official statement, saying, “It is not true,” but Spain’s Lelevo said, “Unlike recent statements, Real did not give up the idea of signing Mbappe.” insisted.
The media said, “Real’s statement was a strategic move to avoid charges of violating FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) regulations. The plan is to make an offer to Mbappe in the first half of next year and have him join the club as soon as his contract with PSG ends.” He explained.
Mbappe, who heated up the transfer market with several rumors of a transfer to Real, once again became the center of the transfer market ahead of the expiration of his contract. It is expected that fans will be interested throughout the transfer market to see what Mbappe, who has publicly announced that he has not decided on a destination, is thinking.
Meanwhile, the British newspaper The Sun predicted Real’s new starting best 11 lineup with Mbappe added as news continued to be reported that Mbappe was close to a transfer to Real.
Real’s best 11 for the 2024-25 season predicted by the media was a 4-3-3 formation in which Mbappe formed the top three along with Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.
At this time, Toni Kroos, Jude Bellingham, and Luka Modric were deployed in midfield. David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger, Aurelien Chouameni and Daniel Carvajal made up the back four. The goalkeeper’s position was taken by Thibaut Courtois, who was ruled out for the season due to a cruciate ligament injury ahead of the season opening.
If this lineup becomes a reality, Real will be able to present the so-called ‘Earth Defense Force’ to fans. Mbappe is recognized by many as the world’s best soccer star, and Bellingham, who is located in midfield, is playing as Real’s ace, scoring 13 goals in 17 league games this season despite being a midfielder.
The media also released a second lineup assuming that veteran midfielders Kroos and Modric leave the club before next season. At this time, Kroos and Modric were missing from midfield, and Federico Valverde and Newcastle United’s key midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, who is receiving interest from Real, were named instead.