Madrid plays tonight the last match of a League that they have won brilliantly and in eight days a Champions League final that could give them the 14th European Cup, little joke, but none of this is current news right now. A 23-year-old boy, who has all the ballots to mark the tempo of football for the next decade, has the white club in suspense, in addition to PSG. If nothing new goes through Mbappé's head between today and tomorrow, the Frenchman will announce his decision on the prestigious Sunday program Téléfoot broadcast by the TF1 network at 11:00. In principle, and as announced by L'Équipe late yesterday, it would be an interview in which he would detail why he has decided to sign for Real Madrid or renew for PSG, because on Friday May 20, and after a year of continuous meetings, encrypted statements from the player himself, denials and half-truths from the mother and prudent silence from Real Madrid, Mbappé has not just opted, at least publicly, for his current team or for the white club.
Real Madrid have done everything in their power to sign Mbappé. He already put up to 200 million on the table last summer to get him hired, but PSG didn't even blink. The player's dominant position after that failed operation, once Mbappé is in the last year of his contract and is free to negotiate, facilitated legal and direct contact between Real Madrid and the player, but that has not made it easy to get there either. to a common point. The tie between PSG and the whites in the round of 16 of the Champions League left contacts in the background for a couple of months, but once the tie was over, they were resumed with the desire on both sides to reach an agreement as soon as possible.
The Mbappé clan did not make it easy, pressing with demands never seen before. 200 million euros of signing bonus and 100% of the image rights. From that starting point, Madrid managed to lower its claims and the transfer premium will be closer to 100 million than 200 and the image rights halfway to the 100% that Kylian asked for and the usual 50% that he signs the real Madrid. The numbers are absolutely insane, but they are also clearly tickling PSG owner Qatar. According to L'Équipe and RMC in recent days, the French club has driven him crazy with offers that have reached a renewal premium of 200 million and an annual salary of 50 net kilos, in addition to giving him full powers in the sports project to the point of being the one in charge of choosing the coach and the signings. In Madrid they have never believed all these barbarities, but his silence in recent days and his idea of announcing his future this weekend, and not after the Champions League final, have generated strangeness and some concern.
The insistence of Emmanuel Macron, the president of the French Republic, and the high officials of Qatar are also seen from Madrid with some logic, but despite all those recent trips and strange movements, the white club trusts the word that Mbappe has given. A word that in 48 hours we will know if it really fulfills or if it finally throws it away. It is hard to believe that the boy who dreamed of playing for Real Madrid, and who even has his own comic describing that dream, let the opportunity to fulfill it slip away on his own accord for the second time (the first was in 2017).