Kylian Mbappé’s career so far: from Real Madrid fan to player

Real Madrid has it today The signing of Kylian Mbappe has been confirmed From Paris Saint-Germain.

And so, here we are at the end of the story. Chapter after chapter is crammed into various hardcover volumes What seems like the end of an eternal story, only to discover that there is a sequel. The dance of a lifetime between Kylian Mbappe and Real MadridAnd the glances across the dance floor and inviting hands to twirl together to the romantic music have finally come to an end.

Metaphors are limitless because It's been a very long courtship for what really feels like Mbappe's entire life. Fairy tales, ladies and gentlemen, do exist, and this story has a happy ending.

Wait, are we just getting started?

Killian Mbappe's lifelong dream of joining Real Madrid is here. The player signed a contract with the European champions 15 times. But where did Mbappe's decade-long journey to Real Madrid begin?

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France, led by Mbappe, defeated Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.Frank FifeDiarioAS

When did Real Madrid try to sign Mbappe for the first time?

Well, quite easily, in the Spanish capital. The player, as well One of Europe's most promising talentswas invited to The club's training facility, Valdebebas, in December 2012when he was in his early teens.

This was where Kylian met his idol, Cristiano RonaldoHe also participated in training before attending a match at the Santiago Bernabéu against Espanyol. The player's father later announced that he was a Barcelona fan but his son was too Madridista When they come.

Mbappe's career progressed rapidly through the youth ranks at Bondy, but it was at Monaco where he became Family name and supplies,scoring 26 goals in the 2016/2017 seasonHe announced himself as one of football's rising stars. Here came Real Madrid's first big leap for the player, and it is said that the club has reached the required level Initial agreement worth 180 million euros ($194 million)He even negotiated the move with his entourage.

However, Paris Saint-Germain managed to sneak in and sign the player on loan, Mbappe said “[I turned down Real Madrid] Because Paris Saint-Germain is my city team. [Joining Real Madrid now] It could have been like a kid from Madrid who is a Real Madrid fan and gets the chance to play for his team and decides to go somewhere else, to another country.

How many times did Real Madrid try to buy Mbappe?

Real Madrid believe they have agreed to the deal in principle With Monaco to sign Mbappe, despite the noise from the Ligue 1 club that nothing is in place. Mbappe excelled at Paris Saint-Germain and became one of the best players in the world. After that, he won the World Cup with France In the summer of 2018, he scored in the final.

The winks and looks were always present when Mbappe was a Paris Saint-Germain player Every signing for Real Madrid will either fill the gap before their arrival Or to be the striker's partner in Real Madrid's front line. The Spanish club have decided that tiptoeing around Paris Saint-Germain is the best way forward It is preferable to follow a cautious approach so as not to harm relationships. However, rumors continue to spread, and… Madrid even published a statement regarding the noise Which links were created, described as “false”. It was also at this time that Real Madrid acquired the services of Vinny Junior from Flamengo.

It was August 2021 when the story broke via an interview with RMC Sport Which Mbappe asked to leave Paris“, with him saying”I asked to leave and from that moment I did not want to renew“. Real Madrid had, in the summer window, made various offers to Paris Saint-Germain, all of which were ignored. The club, despite the silence, was optimistic, Submitting an opening bid of €160 million ($172.7 million) The next attempt is reported to cost an additional ten million euros, with the club assuming Ready to break the world record of €222 million That Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar himself. The performances were not fruitful, but the record was clearly there as Florentino Pérez tried to declare his desire to move mountains to sign him.

The flirtations continued: a few months later, in November 2021, Mbappé released an autobiographical comic book Titled “My Name is Kilian” in which he said The story of Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo's meeting, with comic book Mbappé describing the weekend as “the best of his life”. This is as clear a statement of intent as possible.

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has always been a huge admirer of Mbappé.

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Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has always been a huge admirer of Mbappe.a. Perez Mica European press

In May of the same season, The Frenchman traveled to the Santiago Bernabeu With Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. The French League team had a one-goal advantage in the first leg after a wonderful individual shot from Mbappe himself, but Real Madrid made a ridiculous comeback To overthrow Paris Saint-Germain. The importance of this history cannot be underestimated: Mbappe showed Real Madrid fans that his talent is real, shines under the lights at the Bernabéu; Real Madrid showed Mbappe what he was too. The long distance relationship was blossoming.

I have a lot of respect for [Florentino Pérez] And for Real Madrid. They wanted to do so much to make me happy. So I thank them for that. I would also like to thank the Real Madrid fans. “I hope they understand the fact that I chose to stay.” Real Madrid thought they had him. the following summer, The Spanish club was hurt by Mbappe's choice to stay at Paris Saint-Germain He put pen to paper on a new deal that was presented as a two-year extension until 2025.

However, just weeks after signing a new contract, Mbappe wrote an official letter in which he stated that he would not accept the optional year on his one-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, putting the club in a position to either sell him immediately or Watch him leave for free in 2024. They chose the first option, and Real Madrid sat at the back While they were waiting for the player to do the rest, to put in place the necessary mechanisms to submit their offer and have it accepted by the French club.

However, nothing materialized and Mbappe stayed as Real Madrid looked elsewhere. An upside-down preparatory season for the striker He saw Nasser Al-Khelaifi denying the player Leaving him out of the club's pre-season tour in Japan. Manager Luis Enrique reinstated him before the start of the season, but from that point on it was clear Tensions were high and the relationship ended.

Meanwhile, the Spanish club signed Jude Bellingham who showed the world how best to adapt to life at the Santiago Bernabéu, and instantly became a key part of Madrid's new attack. Real Madrid sat quietly and carried on until the news cycle exploded February 2024 when it was announced That Kylian Mbappé, this time, had made his decision: he was leaving. This news came after Paris Saint-Germain learned of its intention to sign with Real Madrid and that the player had agreed to the deal earlier this month. Finally, on June 3, 2024, just days after winning their 15th Champions League title, Real Madrid confirmed… The signature of the player who orbited side by side with them like two black holes between the stars, always headed towards each other. So, here we are at the end of the story. Or is this the beginning?


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