DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 13: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park on December 13, 2023 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottscha
Julien Laurens, a French football journalist and TNT Sports Goals Show pundit, believes that if Kylian Mbappe joins Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, it will turn them into “a massive monster” and create something special.
Mbappe’s contract with PSG is set to expire at the end of the season, and although there have been rumors of a new contract, nothing has been confirmed, leaving him free to negotiate a move away. Real Madrid has been seen as his likely destination for some time, and while there is uncertainty about his departure, it seems to be the most probable outcome.
Laurens thinks that even if PSG doesn’t win the Champions League, they will have had one of the best players in their history in Mbappe. He has been with the club for seven years, arriving as a young player in 2017. Laurens acknowledges Mbappe’s contributions, breaking records and making things happen on the field. While winning the Champions League has been his main goal, Laurens believes that even if he doesn’t achieve it this year, he will still be remembered as one of PSG’s top players.
According to Laurens, the time has come for Mbappe to move on at the age of 25. While it is a loss for PSG and Ligue 1 to lose such a talented player, it was always expected to happen at some point. The challenge now for PSG is how to replace him.
Laurens also discusses the potential team that Real Madrid could build with Mbappe, highlighting the young talent they already have in players like Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga. He believes that adding Mbappe to this squad would create a massive monster and something special in Madrid. With the stability provided by coach Carlo Ancelotti’s contract extension, Laurens envisions a team that can dominate Europe for the next five to six years.
Despite the ongoing speculation surrounding Mbappe’s future, Laurens doesn’t believe it will affect PSG’s Champions League hopes. He thinks that the club and the players are already aware of the situation and that the clarity can actually help them focus on the pitch.
Looking ahead to PSG’s last-16 tie against Real Sociedad, Laurens acknowledges that PSG are the favorites but warns that Sociedad is a good team that has shown promise in the competition so far.
In conclusion, Laurens believes that Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid would make them a formidable force and create something special. He also reflects on Mbappe’s time at PSG and the challenges they will face in replacing him. Despite the ongoing speculation, Laurens doesn’t think it will impact PSG’s Champions League campaign and sees them as favorites against Real Sociedad.