Mbappe’s snub could be a blessing in disguise for Real Madrid

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Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe poses with a jersey after the announcement he staying at PSG until 2025 before the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Metz at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 21, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — The decision was made and published. Kylian Mbappe, the most sought-after young talent in the world of soccer — who has been approaching free agency for the past 12 months — has renewed his contract with his current club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), ending a year-long saga in the most dramatic of circumstances.اضافة اعلان

Mbappe’s decision to stay with PSG caught everyone by surprise. After all, nearly everyone, myself included, thought the Frenchman’s eventual destination this summer would be in the Spanish capital, not the French one.

But lo and behold, rumors started to flow on Friday and on Saturday Mbappe was turning his body in PSG’s social media video announcing that he’s renewing for another three years, bringing everyone’s predictions to a false.

"Money is not the most important thing for Kylian Mbappe," Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG’s president said in a news conference on Monday.

"There's another club in Spain that can pay way more than us. The sports project was the most important point for Mbappe."

The “another club in Spain” Khelaifi was referring to was, of course, Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have been catering to every whim and desire by Mbappe for the past few years in order to secure his long-desired signature.

The stadium rebuild has been geared towards seeing the Frenchman put on their famous white jersey under the lights of the new, top-of-the-art mega stadium.

The austerity measures the club had enforced upon itself in the previous transfer windows were justified with the promise of landing the French World Cup winner this summer.

Everything the club was doing has been in preparation and in anticipation for this moment, but the moment never arrived. Or maybe, the moment has been put on hold.

However, this loss might have not been a loss for the Los Blancos.

The amount of financial capital that would have been spent to lure Mhbappe to Spain was monumental and, frankly, frightening. Now that he has decided to remain in France, perhaps Real Madrid could use this unexpected window of opportunity for other investments.

Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, one of the most coveted baskets in the world of soccer, Madrid could now instead diversify their investments across multiple areas that need enhancement.

Reports are already emerging linking the Spanish club with Monaco’s defensive midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. The position is currently occupied by world-class player Casemiro, but he recently turned 30 and might need rest every now and then in the coming seasons.

Madrid are also being linked to another forward — Mohamed Salah of Liverpool. The Egyptian king has only one year left on his contract with the Merseyside club and has not specified whether he will be renewing his contract and remaining in England or leave for pastures new. Acquiring his services would be a coup for Madrid.

In terms of strikers, Madrid is eyeing Robert Lewandowski, another world-class name to help share the burden with Karim Benzema. They have also already signed Anotnio Rudiger from Chelsea.

So, even with Mbappe not coming to Madrid, it’s not all over for the current Spanish champions.

Perhaps his snub will serve as a blessing in disguise.

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