Real Madrid fans have been confident about Kylian Mbappe joining the club for months. We have even heard reporters in Spain and based in other areas state that he and Florentino Perez have a verbal agreement or have even recently agreed to personal terms. Judging by the way Flo usually operates, it was believable to think that he and Mbappe had an agreement of sorts.
Normally, I would not pass along this kind of information because it is easily sensationalized, but even the most reliable reporters are all saying something similar, just hours after it was reported Mbappe would finally make his decision this weekend either after the match against Metz or on Sunday on Telefoot.
According to Mario Cortegana and Carlos Carpio of MARCA (Cortegana is the most respected Madrid reporter right now, by the way), Los Blancos have been receiving mixed messages after Mbappe recently met with PSG. He is apparently still mulling over their offer before he makes his final decision, and while Madrid still think the player’s dream of the Bernabeu will lead him to the Spanish capital, they are confused and a bit worried.
Meanwhile, Saber Desfarges reports there is growing internal confidence within PSG that they have turned the tide of this transfer saga.
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Another reliable reporter based in Spain, Edu Pidal, reports that Real Madrid believe Mbappe may indeed want to spend another year or two in Paris, and that leaves them “puzzled”. They already had an agreement with Mbappe, so him basically backing out on that now would be bizarre.
Then there was this ominous tweet from Romain Molina about money winning in this transfer saga.
Curious indeed. In combining the reports from Pidal and MARCA, it seems as though Real Madrid had an agreement with Mbappe, but his camp does not want to guarantee that is the decision. There may be a legitimate chance Mbappe changes his mind at the last second and goes back on the agreement.
If that is the case, it is hard seeing Mbappe ever playing for Real Madrid, even if he signs a short-term extension, as has been rumored on-and-off over the past year. Because Madridistas would lose respect for him. At the end of the day, the fans are in charge of Madrid, and they would not welcome Mbappe if he dragged a saga this long, just to go back on an agreement.
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I do not think it will come to that and remain of the belief Mbappe will be a Madridista. But it is not a guarantee. As much as we want this ordeal to be over, we are still stuck.