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Kylian Mbappe’s wildest dreams are set to come true next year. The Frenchman was thought to be on the cusp of signing a pre-contract agreement with Real Madrid, but he is delaying putting pen to paper for a very particular reason.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward is one of the best players in world football currently and is indefinitely one of the heirs to the thrones of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when the pair retire.
At just 23, Mbappe has already scored 116 goals in 165 appearances in the Ligue 1 since breaking on to the footballing scene in 2015 with Monaco.
And the France international has set his sights on conquering the La Liga next year.
Mbappe’s contract at Le Parc des Princes expires at the end of the season and PSG have seen contract extension offers rejected by the 2018 World Cup winner.
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But despite being able to sign an agreement to join Los Blancos when the January transfer window opens, both Madrid and Mbappe have decided to wait until the summer to arrange the move.
According to Transfer Window Podcast host Duncan Castle, PSG taking on Madrid in the Champions League soon is the main reason why those talks have been put on hold.
He said: “In those talks, the conclusion was reached that they would not finish a deal and not attempt to finish a deal in the January window, even though he is formally and legally allowed to speak to Real Madrid and sign a pre-contract if he wanted to.
“The primary reason is Real Madrid were drawn with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Mbappe wants to respect the club and he doesn’t want any problems in his last six months at PSG.
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“Real Madrid also feel it would not be a good idea to try and force the deal to closure at this point, given that they have to play Paris Saint-Germain, given the complications that would have entering into the match.”
Of course, prolonging the inevitable move does leave a window of opportunity for other clubs to try and enter the race for Mbappe’s negotiations, but Castles concluded that the Frenchman would brush away any other interest.
He continued: “They (Madrid) are confident they have this deal in place when it’s safer to conclude.
“And therefore you have a situation where Mbappe and Real Madrid have agreed ‘we leave it until the summer, we want this to happen, the intention is there on bad sides, but the timing is bad on a sporting perspective’.”
It remains to be seen whether Mbappe will kickstart a revival of Madrid upon signing for the Spanish giants in 2022.
The club managed to attract highly sought after midfielder Edouard Camavinga from Rennes ahead of the new campaign, stealing the Frenchman from the grasp of Manchester United, as manager Carlo Ancelotti bids to restore back to its European super force status that they once had.
It has been widely reported that Mbappe will be the first of several ‘Galactico’ players that will arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland also linked with a move to Spain.
It remains to be seen whether Madrid are right to have such confidence in Mbappe and assume that they will be able to pick up where they left off next year, or whether the PSG man will have his head turned in the meantime.
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