Real Madrid have watched Kylian Mbappe’s summer saga from afar so far, but there is a limit to their inaction.
Without Los Blancos making a move, Paris Saint-Germain have sacked Mbappe, told him he must leave or sign a new deal, the French striker has returned to training and is now said to have agreed to waive the money bonus to return to the stock.
The latest is that PSG believe they can negotiate a new contract, even if it will probably include a guaranteed sell-on clause.
This is where Los Blancos draw the line. Rejected on three previous occasions, as a youth player while at Monaco and then last summer, Real Madrid are now patiently waiting until next summer for the French striker to be available on a free and have an offer great contract.
According to El Chiringuito, if Mbappe does indeed renew his contract with PSG, then Real Madrid will end their interest in him.
They will pay no fee for Mbappe next summer, and any chance of him playing at the Santiago Bernabeu for the home side will be over for the foreseeable future.
Fortunately for Real Madrid, Mbappe remains determined not to renew his deal, according to RMC Sport. He could waive some of his €150 million loyalty bonus owed to him over the life of the contract so that PSG would get a benefit and be able to absorb his departure without forcing him out of the squad.
While it’s certainly a big threat, Madridistas probably expect no less. The Mbappe saga has become somewhat tiresome for everyone involved, with the apparent exception of the Frenchman himself, and Real Madrid cannot afford to base their strategic future on such an unpredictable element.
That’s despite the embarrassment of being snubbed once again, which was expressed as outrage in the press and even at El Chiringuito, where president Florentino Perez told viewers that ‘this Mbappe is not my Mbappe’ last summer.