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World News February 5, 2024

Kylian Mbappe says he will join Real Madrid after 2023-24 season: report

Kylian Mbappe, the 25-year-old French striker for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), is reportedly interested in joining Real Madrid after the 2023-24 season. Despite PSG’s offer of a contract extension with a higher salary than his current 72 million euros (about $77.8 million) annual income, Mbappe has declined the offer. If he leaves PSG as a free agent, he will forfeit a bonus of up to 100 million euros (about $108.1 million).

Real Madrid is expected to pay Mbappe no more than half of his PSG salary. Money may not be the primary factor in his decision, as he previously turned down a lucrative offer from a Saudi club. Instead, Mbappe is focused on winning the UEFA Champions League, considering it a significant career priority. He has a long-standing dream of playing for Real Madrid.

Having played nearly six seasons at PSG, Mbappe has an impressive record, scoring 241 goals and providing 105 assists in 288 games. Despite winning multiple domestic titles with PSG, the closest he came to Champions League success was reaching the final in the 2019-20 season, where PSG lost to Bayern Munich. Real Madrid, in contrast, has won five of the past 10 Champions League titles, beating PSG twice in the knockout stage.

Mbappe has not yet informed either PSG or Real Madrid of his decision, and negotiations with Real Madrid may involve his participation in the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris later this year.


Source: CGTN

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