Craig Burley says Kylian Mbappe's ego is out of control
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Real Madrid will reportedly offer Kylian Mbappe a bonus if he wins the Ballon d’Or with them as they continue their bid to lure him away from Paris Saint-Germain. The La Liga giants’ president Florentino Perez has revealed talks are ongoing over a deal for the France star, who is in the final year of his contract with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Madrid reportedly had at least two bids knocked back by the French outfit as they tried to sign Mbappe in the summer transfer window, with PSG hoping the recent arrival of Lionel Messi would help persuade him to stay at the Parc des Princes.
But if no new contract is signed by January, Mbappe will be able to strike a pre-contract agreement with a club from outside France.
Los Blancos chief Perez this week said he hopes to tie up a deal for the 22-year-old by then, telling Spanish outlet El Debate: “We hope by January 1 that everything will be solved.”
Perez is of course aware that the chance to keep playing alongside Messi could yet prove a tempting one for Mbappe, and will try to sweeten the deal with the offer of a ‘Ballon d’Or’ prize, according to reports from Spain.
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Madrid are ‘sure’ Mbappe will win world football’s biggest prize if he switches to the Bernabeu, and are prepared to reward him handsomely for doing so, according to Defensa Central.
The publication says the Spanish side see such a clause as an investment, because if Mbappe lands the prize for the first time with them it will surely mean he has helped them to multiple trophies.
They won the Champions League four times in five seasons between 2013 and 2018, and believe landing the World Cup winner can help them add to their record 13 European Cup triumphs.
And the collective success of both player and club would help raise Madrid’s profile again in a time when the hierarchy of Europe’s top teams is in a state of flux.
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It is claimed Madrid will also offer Mbappe a clause allowing him to join up with the France squad for the 2024 Olympic Games in his hometown of Paris.
Mbappe this week spoke out about his desire to leave PSG, explaining why he made his intentions clear back in July.
“I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend, I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to have a quality replacement,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.
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“This club has given me a lot, I have always been happy, the four years I have had here, and I still am.
“My position was clear, I said that I wanted to leave.
“I said it early enough so that the club could react.
“I wanted everyone to come out of this stronger, that we leave hand in hand.”
If he does leave PSG it could prove to be a disastrous piece of business by the Ligue 1 side, after they paid Monaco around £155million to sign him permanently in 2018 following a one-year loan spell.
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