Kylian Mbappe nearing a summer move to Real Madrid
According to AS, Real Madrid is looking to make a summer move for French wonderboy Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). The move seems a certain one, as a family member, cited by French publication Le Journal du Dimance, has explicitly stated the young striker will come to play for Los Blancos. Whether these reports are false or not, it does seem a very likely move, given the fact that Real Madrid has so far failed to fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last summer. Although the Spanish giants have also been linked with Eden Hazard, whose contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020, and thus he can leave the Blues this summer if he really wants to, as per the Bossman rulling. Although, both transfer seem likely to happen in the summer due to Gareth Bale seeming prone to leave the Spanish club due to his struggles to adapt lifestyle in Madrid and his downgrading form. And to be fairly honest, the Spanish striker never really settled in Real Madrid’s team ever since his arrival on Santiago Bernabeu in 2013, despite having his moments of success (most notably during the first final with Atletico Madrid in 2014). Bale’s Real Madrid career was plagued by injuries, which the Spanish newspaper suspect to be fake, claiming his love for golf is causing this.
As for Mbappe, he’s only 20, but the PSG striker has achieved a lot in his career. Two League 1 titles, a French Cup, world champion with France, 4th place at the Ballon D’Or, all of this results coming in, not even three years from his emergence. Mbappe is a product of Monaco’s youth academy, who rose up in the first team. His second season with Monaco was the point of his rise in big football, with the French striker scoring 26 goals in all competitions for Monaco (15 in Ligue 1, 6 in the Champions League and 5 in the French Cups) contributing to their first league title in 17 years. Which led to his move to Paris Saint-Germain, in an initial loan with an option to buy, shortly afterwards. And despite claims of being nothing more than a one-season wonder and the immense amount of pressure on his shoulders, Mbappe could score 21 goals in all competitions in his first season at PSG. And being decent in a team which gathers all the already established stars isn’t an easy job. Appearances and goals for the national team soon followed, the highlight being when he became only the second teenager, after Pele, to score in a World Cup final as France won 4-2 against Croatia. Now, Mbappe is the goalscorer in Ligue 1 with 26 goals and, with 31 goals in all competitions, is a direct threat to Messi’s claim for the Golden Boot.
Frankly, it would be a pitty for Mbappe to remain stuck in his native France, where football is slightly undeveloped when compared to the other big championships, and not make a move to a team where he could further develop and show his abilities.