Monaco VP Admits Florentino Perez ‘Blames Him’ for Not Selling Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid

?Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has joked that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez still blames him for not selling Kylian Mbappe to the European champions.

Mbappe became the world’s most expensive teenager last summer when he left Monaco for €145m, but despite interest from Real it was French champions Paris Saint-Germain who snapped the teenager up instead.

Speaking this week, after Real lost the European Super Cup to Atletico Madrid in extra time, Vasilyev has revealed that Perez still complains about the one that got away.

“These two clubs [Monaco and ?Real] are friends,” said the Monegasque boss. “I have spoken with Florentino Pérez, every time he sees me, he always blames me for not selling him Kylian Mbappé!”

Perez and Vasilyev spoke at the UEFA Super Cup final in Tallinn on Wednesday, which Perez’s Real Madrid ?lost 4-2 to Atletico Madrid.

Following the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, Real are in need of a new marquee forward, but they know that Mbappe would now cost even more than what PSG paid last summer.

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He moved to the Parc des Princes off the back of a stunning breakthrough season in which he scored 26 goals in 44 games for Monaco, and his career has continued to go from strength to strength ever since.

His 21 goals last season helped PSG to a domestic treble and earned him a place in Dider Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup. He became France’s youngest ever World Cup goalscorer and the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the tournament, and Mbappe was named Best Young Player.


Real Madrid’s Casemiro Says Club Have ‘No Excuses’ After Losing First Match Since Ronaldo’s Exit

?Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says any club would miss a player of Cristiano Ronaldo’s quality – but says that is no excuse for their 4-2 AET defeat to city rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup.

Ronaldo left for Juventus this summer after nine spectacular years at the club, who appeared to miss his driving influence heavily in their first match without him – and their first match under new boss Julen Lopetegui. 

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But Casemiro – who limped off after 79 minutes with a suspected recurring injury – wasn’t having any excuses, telling ?SPORT:

“We’re hurt to lose a trophy but this is the start of the season. We have full confidence in our coach. At ?Real Madrid, we don’t make excuses. Here, when we win, everyone wins and when we lose, we all lose.

“Cristiano has shown here that he’s the best in the world but that’s in the past now, we can’t keep thinking about him. We need to talk about those who are in the squad, the ones who stayed. We want to be a stronger, more solid team but Cristiano is in the past.

“This isn’t a bad squad. Some very important players, who have won everything, aren’t here but I’m not going to say whether the squad is better or worse for that. 

“If we’d won 2-1, we’d be talking about things in a different way. We did a lot of good things, we need to focus on that and work, work, work for what comes next.”

It was an unfamiliar feeling for the Galacticos on Thursday night, as after winning four of the last five Champions Leagues, and three of the last four UEFA Super Cups, they tasted a rare cup final defeat. 

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They led 2-1 with 11 minutes remaining, but Diego Costa added his second in normal time, before extra time goals from Saul and Koke secured the trophy – and the bragging rights  for ?Atletico, and highlighted just the size of the job new Real boss Julen Lopetegui has on his hands.


Conflicting Reports on Luka Modric as Real Director Claims Croatian is ‘Happy’ in Madrid

?It is still unclear whether ?Inter intend to sign Luka Modric from ?Real Madrid before the Italian transfer window shuts on Friday, with conflicting reports muddying the waters.

The Croatian has been strongly linked with a move to the San Siro this summer, and may be tempted by a new challenge after winning 4 Champions League titles in an incredible six-year spell with Madrid.

Before the UEFA Super Cup final against ?Atletico Madrid, Real director Emilio Butragueno told Movistar+ television that Modric was content to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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“There is no issue with Modric, he’s happy to continue with us,” he said, quoted by ?Marca.

?Sky Sports Italia still insists that Modric and his representatives are pushing for a move away from the Spanish capital and will plead with Real to let him leave on Thursday.

Florentino Perez is not easily swayed though and he will not want Modric to leave after a damaging summer in which three-times Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane and record goalscorer ?Cristiano Ronaldo both left the club.

Real might allow Modric to leave if they had a suitable replacement, but that too seems doubtful as their top target ?Christian Eriksen is valued at €200m by Tottenham Hotspur.

In the Galactico era, Real frequently spent large sums on high-profile players, but that is unlikely to be repeated under the current transfer policy ?with Perez reportedly reluctant to spend more than €100m on a p?layer.

Modric came on as a second-half substitute on Wednesday night, making his first competitive appearance since losing the World Cup final with Croatia.

The Croatian was again on the losing side as Real lost 4-2 in overtime, earning Atletico the first European silverware of the new season.


La Liga Matches to Take Place in the United States as Part of New Initiative

?The organisers of the International Champions Cup have reached an agreement with La Liga to stage regular season Spanish league matches in the United States as early as this season.

?In a press release, ?La Liga confirmed the launch of a new 15-year initiative called LaLiga North America, which will have the primary goal of promoting football in the United States and Canada.

This is a joint venture with Relevent Sport, the multinational media, sports and entertainment group who successfully staged this summer’s International Champions Cup, most of which was held in the United States.

“The newly founded organization will work to cultivate soccer culture in the U.S. and Canada using the unequalled assets of LaLiga, the world’s best soccer league featuring internationally recognized clubs and players,” the press release read.

“Moreover, North America will be exposed to the unparalleled Spanish soccer culture, renowned for its passion, drama, history, flair and creativity.”

“As part of the agreement, LaLiga plans to bring a regular season club match to the United States, the first to be played outside of Europe.”

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La Liga President Javier Tebas said: “We’re devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world. This ground-breaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the U.S. and Canada.”

This is a first for European football, although the idea of a “39th game” in the ?Premier League, staged around the world to spread global recognition, has been touted in the past.

The best parallel would be with the NFL, which sends 3 or 4 regular season matches to London and one to Mexico as part of their annual International Series.


Real Madrid Dealt Major Transfer Blow as Juventus Star Pjani? Prepares to Sign New Contract

??Real Madrid have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of ?Juventus defender Miralem Pjani?, as the tenacious midfielder is set to sign a new contract to keep him with the ?Serie A giants until  2022.

According to Football Italia, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will sign a one year extension on his existing deal, which will see his earnings soar to €7m per year. While football contracts are becoming increasingly meaningless in terms of tying players to their clubs, the deal will at least assure that Pjani? remains with his club for at least another season.

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Real Madrid were tipped as hot favourites to sign the 28-year-old before the end of the summer transfer window, with ?Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also thought to be interested. Los Blancos were reported to have had a €60m bid turned down for Pjani? earlier in the week, which is believed to have been an attempt to find a replacement for Luka Modri?, should the Croatian move to ?Inter.

Juventus have won the last seven Serie A titles on the bounce, and will look to continue their dominance of the Italian top tier this season with the help of new acquisition Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese prodigy completed a €112m move from Real Madrid earlier in the summer, and will be aiming to win even more silverware to add to an already impressive collection.

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In other news, Juventus are believed to have? turned down an offer from Paris Saint-Germain for their star left-back Alex Sandro. The Ligue 1 giants have been relentlessly perusing the Brazilian international throughout the summer, but Juve are unwilling to sanction deal without finding a suitable replacement.