Kylian Mbappe has long been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid giants LaLiga, so the news that the Paris Saint-Germain striker has been spotted in the Spanish capital this week has indeed sparked waves.
Moreover, the French international is in the picture on Monday just down the road from Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, prompting speculation that he is close to sealing the summer move.
Mbappe, 23 ,’s contract expires this summer, but PSG hopes to stay, and sources told ESPN that talks between PSG president Nasser al Khelaifi and the player’s players took place in Qatar last month.
However, the lure of the 13-time European champions, who could extend their record when they face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris on May 28, could still lead him to one of the biggest free transfer moves in history match, and RMC Sport reported on Friday that Mbappe’s representatives would travel to Madrid this week for talks.
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💣 @KMbappe is in Madrid
St It is located in a famous restaurant of the capital con @AchrafHakimi
– El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) May 9, 2022
Cadena COPE was the first shopping center to report the sighting, with a grainy image of Mbappe with a strong watermark entering one of Madrid’s best restaurants, Leña, located just down the Paseo de la Castellana from the Bernabeu.
If one deems it necessary to leave a restaurant owned by Michelin-starred chef Dani Garcia, to a cult stadium, for whatever reason, it wouldn’t take long. These are just two stations on metro line no. 10 from Gregorio Maranon to the Santiago Bernabeu, or just over a mile on foot. Of course, if you are a prominent footballer, a World Cup winner, then you could travel in a car with a driver in less than 10 minutes.
COPE reported that Mbappe had dinner with his teammate from PSG Achraf Hakimi, a former Real Madrid player originally from Madrid. Later that afternoon Mbappe confirmed that they were in town together with a picture posted on his Instagram along with a one-word caption: “OFF”.
After already winning the Ligue 1 title, Mbappe and the rest of the PSG team got a few days off this week between Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Troyes and Saturday’s move to Montpellier, before ending the season at home against Metz on May 21 .
When asked by a journalist from Cadena SER why did the PSG players travel to Madrid, Navas replied: “We have a few days off.”
The Costa Rican goalkeeper was on guard when asked specifically about Mbappe who could come to Real Madrid this summer, and he replied: “I’d like to say something about it, but I have no idea. I hope he stays with us. It’s personal problems and I didn’t talk to him. “
Whether the purpose of Mbappe’s trip to Madrid was primarily for work or pleasure, he could certainly have chosen a more modest way to spend his mid-week vacation.