Why Real Madrid will NEVER sign Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe performed a dramatic late U-turn in the summer to reject an approach from Madrid and instead sign a new contract at PSG despite initially telling Real that he would be joining them.
The Frenchman's put pen to paper on a contract that would see him earn a staggering €250 million and it was recently discovered that the deal was for two years, with Mbappe having the option to extend it for a further 12 months.
The revelation over his contract length has fuelled speculation that Mbappe could move to Real as soon as next summer, when he will only have a guaranteed one year left on his deal.
However, a report by El Debate has claimed that Madrid feel betrayed by Mbappe and that president Florentino Perez would never offer the player the opportunity to sign for the club again.
Madrid are said to feel 'used' by Mbappe as leverage for a higher offer and they feel that the 23-year-old acted 'with cowardice' by telling Perez via text message that he would not join, instead of directly calling him.
The report also says that Real Madrid fans feel as cheated as the club and that they would not welcome a player who disrespected them.
The move has also set a precedent in Madrid as the club have now set a March deadline to seal the arrival of players who will be out of contract, so that they will not encounter a similar situation.
Will Madrid really refuse to sign Mbappe?
While the sentiment towards Mbappe is believed to be accurate, there have also been conflicting reports that a move to Madrid has already been agreed for next summer.
The Spanish side have one eye on a long-term successor to Karim Benzema despite the 34-year-old coming off the back of his most productive season ever.
Kylian Mbappe’s game by numbers vs. Austria:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 22, 2022
100% aerial duels won
89% pass accuracy
48 passes completed
8 ground duels won
7 dribbles completed
3 key passes
1 big chance created
Another game, another goal. pic.twitter.com/iFXC5FM1Lt
Football is ultimately a fickle game and it would be unlikely that Real would pass up the opportunity to sign a player of Mbappe's quality should he become available.
However, they may not actively pursue a deal and could instead wait to see if Mbappe attempts to mend the bridges between him and the Madrid hierarchy.