Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hinted the club will indeed sign Kylian Mbappe this summer.
Perez was speaking after Los Blancos secured their 35th La Liga title courtesy of Saturday’s comfortable 4-0 victory over Espanyol, with Carlo Ancelotti becoming the first manager ever to win league titles in Italy, England, France, Germany and Spain.
Although Real are also still fighting in the Champions League having lost their semi-final first leg with Man City 4-3, attentions are just beginning to shift to the summer and questions were inevitably posed to Perez about the transfer market after the championship was wrapped up.
Mbappe is one widely anticipated arrival, with the French superstar out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer – although head coach Mauricio Pochettino has intimated he is going nowhere.
Speaking to Movistar about Real’s pursuit of Mbappe, Perez said: “I hadn’t thought about it but now that you mention it, it might be true and so on.
“When we plan next year’s squad we’ll see.”
The 75-year-old also expressed his contentment at Los Blancos’ La Liga success, adding: “I feel what all Madridistas feel, a great satisfaction.
“We had the objective of winning LaLiga and winning the Champions League. We have won the first and now we have to see about the Champions League.”
Perez also credited Ancelotti for his work since being reappointed Real Madrid boss. “He has a lot of experience in coaching squads and there is always someone who criticises something,” he continued.
“But his identification with Real Madrid is great, with our values and with what we represent, and that is important in a coach.
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“Maybe [Ancelotti didn’t expect the job offer]. As soon as we called him he said ‘I’m running’, that’s what he said.
“And talking to him in the last few days, he told me that he has coached many teams and he says that the difference is that at Real Madrid the players are fans of the club, and that is a plus.”
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