It is not yet known whether Kylian Mbappe will play for Real Madrid or not, but it is sure that, should he end up at the club, he would not be able to play the first LaLiga Santander game of the season for his new club.
The French striker has been suspended by Ligue 1, and FIFA legislation dictates that the suspension will carry into LaLiga Santander should he make a move this summer.
The incident that resulted in the suspension took place in Paris Saint-Germain’s last match, away to Montpellier, and went almost unnoticed.
In the last few minutes of a match that the French champions won comfortably (4-0), with Mbappe on the scoresheet, the forward picked up a yellow card.
The sanction, which has been confirmed by the French Football Federation, comes into effect from next week.
In other words, it will not prevent the player from taking part in this weekend’s match between PSG and Metz at the Parc des Princes, in what could be his farewell to the Parisian club.
So, the sanction will be served on the first matchday of the 2022/23 season, whether the player remains in Ligue 1 with PSG or switches to LaLiga Santander to join Real Madrid.
It would, should it happen, be a curious way to start his time as a Real Madrid player.
The Mbappé-Real Madrid story is going to be hectic until its denouement, which is very close.
The final stretch began months ago, after the Champions League round of 16 tie. Then a round of talks was opened, which sources familiar with the negotiation said were definitive.
However, the process was delayed by the wide differences in two key concepts: the signing bonus and image rights. It was necessary to sit down, see each other’s faces and bring positions closer together. It was a scenario in which Real Madrid had a trump card that it considered decisive: the player’s desire to be a Real Madrid player.
However, no proposal was even answered by PSG. From the Santiago Bernabeu it was feared, and time has shown that the hypothesis was right, that the agreement would be just as complicated or more from September despite the fact that Mbappé is free on June 30.
The 2018 World Cup winner’s representatives started by asking for around 200 million transfer premium, the figure Real Madrid bid in August 2021. The understanding was reached at 130 million. Regarding image rights, the entity presided over by Florentino Pérez has ended up making a historic concession, notably above the 60% it gave Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mbappé’s ‘yes’ in all these details to Real Madrid was taken by the club as a success, almost celebrating already a glorious signing. However, there is a loose end: there is no full contract signed with Real Madrid and the idea, although the documents proper to this scenario have been being prepared, is that the rubric would occur after the final on the 28th.
Meanwhile, the attacker, as always, has continued to listen to PSG. From France and especially from Doha, with unlikely political pressures in between, he has been given everything, as this newspaper has been telling: from fixing the desired economic sum to, and this is the crucial point, that his voice is at all times heard in the planning of the sporting project. Kylian wants to win the Champions League and, for this, he does not see the continuity of Leonardo and Pochettino, he considers that there are figures that must leave and that other highly coveted cracks must enter.
Mbappé met with his trusted people on Tuesday to analyze the situation and in the afternoon he spoke with PSG. With nothing completely clear, the choice was made to summon the two suitors to a verdict in the coming days. The plan is for that to happen next Sunday, when the Frenchman intends to inform Real Madrid and PSG of what he wants to do with his career. Then, the roadmap is to agree with the chosen one how to communicate it publicly.
At Real Madrid remain confident that the childhood dream of their desired next galactico will prevail. Experience says that whoever previously opted to wear white had easier access to the European Cup and the Ballon d’Or, and, consequently, they consider that Mbappé needs to take this step.
However, there is growing disquiet among the board of directors. The reasons for this are diverse: now the ambiguous messages of the protagonist do not seem to be a parade, as on other occasions they took them, to protect themselves and leave as well as possible. In addition, the recent meeting with PSG has not been understood. And, of course, and more after what happened in 2017, it worries the absence of signature. At Real Madrid they promised themselves very happy because the work has been excellent, but we still have to wait.
Because what happened in 2017 is a point that feeds that unease in the White House. The club did everything possible to take him from Monaco. They saw him almost in white, but…. “He told me: ‘Vadim, deep inside me, I feel it’s too early. I only played one year in my country, I’m Parisian, I don’t want to leave my country like this. I want to become a great player here. Real will wait… That’s my feeling,” Monaco’s president (Vadim Vasyliev) unveiled months later.
Since then, Mbappé is the great dream of Madrid. He is closer than ever, but this latest move generates an intrigue that was not expected.