Why can’t Real Madrid fans buy Mbappé No.9 jerseys just yet?

“Hello, I want a new Real Madrid shirt with Mbappe and the number 9 on the back please.” “I'm sorry sir, but we can't sell official shirts bearing Mbappe's name yet.”

There is no doubt that this imaginary conversation is a common one heard Real Madrid FC stores via the Spanish capital after the Bernabeu confirmed the news on Monday that the French striker will join Los Blancos on a five-year deal.

The move capped an exciting few days for the club after winning the title Champions League at Wembley Stadium on saturday. After celebrating the title on Sunday. Mbappé was confirmed on Monday, and the following day the new home kits for the 2024-25 season were revealed, but fans looking forward to the former Paris Saint-Germain star's name and number will have to be patient.

First July

Despite Mbappe's announcement on Monday, the striker remains officially a registered player at Paris Saint-Germain until June 30 when his contract with the Ligue 1 side legally expires. Meanwhile, Real Madrid cannot, by law, market any product bearing Mbappe's name until the first day of July when he officially becomes a player for the club. La Liga club with its registration transferred from Paris to Madrid.

Everything points to Mbappe wearing the number 9 shirt he left vacant Karim Benzema when he moved to Al-Ittihad For the 24-25 season, then wear the number 10 shirt for the following season with Croatian veteran Luka Modric, who extends his contract for a long season.

Supporters wearing football scarves depicting French footballer Kylian Mbappe cheer

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Supporters wearing football scarves depicting French footballer Kylian Mbappe cheer Oscar del PozoFrance Press agency

Real Madrid are poised to get a financial boost from replica shirt sales, with Mbappe one of the most marketable players in the games, boasting 117 million followers on his Instagram account, 14 million on X and more recently The 25-year-old is ranked by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2023.


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