French striker and World class talent Kylian Mbappe ‘plans on playing for Real Madrid’ in 2024, opening the door to a potential summer move to the Santiago Bernabeu, reports in Spain claim.
The superstar was in line to make the switch from Paris Saint Germain to Los Blancos last summer, but opted to sign a new deal in the French capital rather than join up with the Spanish giants, something that many in and around the club took as an insult.
He has since gone on to prove his value in spades to both club and country, scoring 19 times in 24 Ligue 1 games, and netting eight goals at the World Cup in November, including an extraordinary hat-trick in the final of the competition, though he ultimately lost out to PSG teammate Lionel Messi and Argentina on penalties.
One major sticking point, however, has been the lack of Champions League success, with Mbappe unable to prevent his side from being knocked out by Bayern Munich in the first knockout rounds of the competition this season, leaving their hunt for the elusive European trophy ongoing.
And, as per Spanish outlet AS, Mbappe is looking to change his European fortunes by making the long-awaited switch to Real Madrid, and has even ‘already told his circle of confidence that he aims to play in LaLiga as of 2024 for Real Madrid’.
They add that his PSG contract runs out in 2024 unless they win the Champions League, in which case it will be extended by a year until 2025, and he is already eyeing up a free transfer at the end of his current deal.
A move before then is unlikely, with the French side having rejected several bids for Mbappe even when the striker was in the final months of his contract last season.
He may struggle to complete the move, however, with reports claiming that ‘Real Madrid are distancing themselves from the French forward with the Spanish club still frustrated at how previous overtures have transpired’.
Should he be available on a free, it could prove too enticing to turn down.