Paris Saint-Germain Superstar Kylian Mbappe Hints at Mega Money Move to Real Madrid Next Summer

?Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has insisted he is not currently thinking about a move to Real Madrid, but added that his situation could change at the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has firmly established himself as one of the world’s finest talents, finishing fourth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or award standings. He has already racked up 18 goals and ten assists in 22 appearances this season, and has often been linked with a monumental move to Real.


Speaking to ?AS after netting a hat-trick in PSG’s 9-0 victory over Guingamp, ?Mbappe opened the door to a possible move to ?Real in the future. He said: “I am very happy with my present at Paris Saint-Germain, I have a contract until 2021 or 2022 and it is not the time to think about something else.”

However, when asked if a move to Real would interest him, Mbappe said: “I feel very good here, but in football and the future you never know, I am certain that I am going to finish the year here and then we will see.”

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Finally, discussing his side’s comprehensive victory over Guingamp, Mbappe said: “We played a great game, winning with authority and determination, having spent a few days together helped the group a lot. 

“I’m worried about Marco [Verratti]’s injury because of the importance he has in the team, he’s a player indispensable, I hope to return as soon as possible.

“We all know that we need reinforcement, there are people who work for it, we played a full game, with rhythm and intensity, we are in the moment of truth, we have a different spirit.”

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Real have endured a challenging ?La Liga campaign this season and find themselves seven points behind ?Barcelona in the league table. Consistency has proven to be a real concern for the side, with the likes of ?Isco and ?Gareth Bale struggling to impress since ?Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.

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Eden Hazard ‘Inching Closer’ to Real Madrid Move as Chelsea Forced to Set Asking Price

?Chelsea have reportedly been forced to set an asking price for star forward Eden Hazard, as Real Madrid remain interested in signing the Belgian.

Hazard, who will find himself out of contract at the end of next season, has made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid, admitting that ?he is not currently negotiating a new deal with the Blues as he considers his future.

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He has long been linked with a move to ?Real and, according to ?Marca, ?Chelsea have set an asking price of €100m (around £88m) for ?Hazard as they seek to avoid losing their star for free when his contract expires.

However, given he has just 18 months remaining on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, it is thought that Real will look to negotiate a lower transfer fee for the 28-year-old.

Hazard is reportedly unwilling to harm his relationship with Chelsea by forcing through a move to Real, and will instead wait until the end of the season before officially requesting the move, giving Chelsea enough time to manage the situation.

Eden Hazard

Real are also thought to be wary of angering the Blues by attempting to unsettle Hazard during the season, having seen ?Chelsea’s frustrated response to ?Bayern Munich’s public pursuit of starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia will be forced into negotiations with Real at the end of the season, and will attempt to stand firm on their valuation of Hazard. 

She will use the expensive transfers of ?Paul Pogba and ?Neymar as an example of how the transfer market has inflated in recent years, and will reportedly demand no less than their £88m price tag.

Real president Florentino Perez had hoped that the likes of ?Marco Asensio, ?Isco and ?Gareth Bale would have been able to carry the side following ?Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to ?Juventus.

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However, with the side struggling for consistency in ?La Liga, it is thought that they will be incredibly active in next summer’s transfer market as they seek to recover from a frustrating season.

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Luka Modric Insists He Is Happy at Real Madrid & Wants to Stay at Bernabeu for Years to Come

?Luka Modric admitted that he hopes to stay at Real Madrid for years to come after scoring in Los Blancos’ 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday.

The Croatian midfielder sealed the three points for Santiago Solari’s side with an opportunistic finish at the Bernabeu to round off a hard-fought win at the Bernabeu.

After the game, ?Modric admitted that he remains happy with the club and hopes to remain in the Spanish capital. As quoted by ?Marca, the 33-year-old said: “I have a year and a half left on my contract and I am calm, as that’s a long time.

“My desire is to stay here for more time. I am as happy as I was on the first day.”

The Ballon d’Or winner was among the standout performers throughout his side’s crucial victory on Saturday and said of ?Madrid’s performance: “I am very happy and think we played a great game.

“We are happy with our play and happy with the three points. We need to follow this path.

“Every player had a great game and our fans want to see us like this. We needed a match like this one to give some joy to ourselves and to the supporters.

“Personally, I feel good and have felt good for the past month and a half.”

Despite the victory, Los Blancos remain seven points adrift of league leaders ?Barcelona, who have a game in hand, and Modric insisted that his side are not thinking too much about the La Liga title race.

“We don’t need to think about Barcelona or about how many points we have,” Modric insisted.

“We need to go game by game. We need to fight and see where we get to at the end of the season. That’s what we need to do, not worry about others.”

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Real Madrid host Girona in the first leg of a Copa del Rey quarter final clash on Thursday before returning to La Liga action three days later away to Espanyol.

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Real Madrid Eyeing Deal for Villarreal Starlet Andrei Florin Before European U21 Championship

?Real Madrid are showing an interest in Villarreal’s young full back Andrei Florin as they eye improvements to their second team.

The 20-year-old has been earmarked for Madrid’s Castilla side, with a view to him getting involved in the first team picture in the near future. 

Florin, who is expected to turn out for Romania at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship, is yet to make his first team debut for Villarreal but has done enough to catch the attention of Los Blancos. 

He has been a fixture for Villarreal’s B side, who are top of the Spanish third division at this point in the season – playing 15 games, scoring once. A?S are reporting that Madrid could move for him before the summer in order to avoid a bidding war.

The starlet is an attack minded full back who is also capable defensively, meaning he has all the qualities to challenge Dani Carvajal for a place in the side down the line.

A good performance in Italy this summer may not only alert other clubs to his talent but could also see his price skyrocket. 

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There are no other major international tournaments taking place over the summer of 2019, meaning more eyes are likely to be on Florin during the tournament in Italy and San Marino.

With Achraf Hakimi on loan at ?Dortmund, Florin could add some experience to Madrid’s second string. His signing would be in keeping with Real’s recruitment of young players, with the likes of Dani Ceballos and Vinicius Jr joining the club in recent years.

Dani Ceballos,Vinicius Junior

They appear to be planting seeds for the future and, given their downturn in fortunes this season, they could use a good harvest some time soon. 

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Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Casemiro Stunner Fires Los Blancos to Victory

Real Madrid earned a hard-fought 2-0 win at home to Sevilla in a heavyweight La Liga clash on Saturday, inspired by a stunning late strike from Casemiro.

Both goalkeepers were busy in the early exchanges of the match, with Sevilla’s Tomas Vaclik forced to deny a strong low effort from the lively Vinicius Junior just six minutes in, before Andre Silva drew a save from Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois with a 25th-minute headed effort in the box.


Sergio Escudero also fired wide of the near post after running clear through on the home side’s goal, as both sides failed to capitalise on their attacking openings in the first half. 

A lively start to the second half continued to fail to produce a goal, though Luka Modric produced a powerful strike which nearly gave ?Madrid the lead just ahead of the hour mark, but the Croatian’s effort was well blocked in the Sevilla box.

The impressive Dani Ceballos went closest when he hit the bar for Madrid with a stunning long-range effort, before fellow midfielder Casemiro planted a strong header just wide of the far post with the final 15 minutes approaching.

Madrid appeared to be on course for another disappointing result, despite having enjoyed clear dominance in the match, before Casemiro unleashed a ferocious drive from long range which whistled past Vaclik to hand Los Blancos a deserved lead on the 78th minute.


Luka Modric then capped off a typically influential midfield display as he doubled Madrid’s lead in stoppage time as the Croatian nipped the ball away from Sevilla’s defence and went through on goal to slot home and seal the home side’s hard-fought victory.


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Key Talking Point

Real Madrid’s recent blight of injury troubles has cost them the chance to build any real technical consistency or stability in Santiago Solari’s struggling side.

With the likes of ?Gareth Bale, ?Marco Asensio, ?Toni Kroos and Marcos Llorente all remaining sidelined for Saturday’s game, Los Blancos were clearly lacking the kind of fluidity and telling quality in their attacking play throughout the game which is expected by their lofty standards.

Those shortcomings are largely down to a lack of consistency in Solari’s team selection, with the former Madrid winger forced to adjust his plans in accordance with his side’s growing injury troubles. Two individual moments of sheer quality won the match for Los Blancos late on.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Courtois (6); Carvajal (6), Varane (6), Ramos (6), Reguilon (6); Modric (7), Casemiro (6), Ceballos (7); Vazquez (6), Benzema (6), V.Junior (7*).

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Substitutes: Isco (5), Valverde (N/A)


STAR MAN – As has been the case on multiple occasions in recent weeks, Vinicius Junior was the most effective outlet in leading Los Blancos’ goal-shy attack on Saturday. The Brazilian youngster was another fitness doubt ahead of the game, but earned his place in Madrid’s front line once more with another lively display. The 18-year-old was once again the most efficient passer and most consistent attacking threat among his side’s forwards.

WORST PLAYER – Lucas Vazquez provided plenty of work rate but offered little in the way of genuine attacking threat on Madrid’s right wing at the Bernabeu, as Madrid continue to miss the star quality of Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio through injuries.


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Player Ratings

Starting XI: Vaclik (6); Navas (7), Carrico (5), Kjaer (5), Gomez (6), Escudero (6); Sarabia (6), Banega (6), Vazquez (7); Ben Yedder (6), Silva (6).


Substitutes: Promes (5), Munir (5), Gil (N/A)


Looking Ahead

Real Madrid host Girona in the first leg of a Copa del Rey quarter final clash at the Bernabeu on Thursday.

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Solari’s side then travel to face Espanyol in their next La Liga outing next Sunday.

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