Mbappé and Haaland: Real Madrid’s perplexing stance explained

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Real Madrid has started the La Liga season flawlessly, securing victory in all four of their matches, which has left some of their detractors taken aback. Despite not having a world-class striker, the team seems unfazed with the arrivals of Jude Bellingham and Joselu. Although fans had high hopes for Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland joining the squad in the summer transfer window, the decision-makers at Real Madrid appear to be cautious about making substantial financial commitments to these two footballing stars.

Real Madrid has remained resolute in their strategy, despite facing pressure from certain onlookers and fans who urged them to acquire a top-notch No. 9 player. Carlo Ancelotti and his management team have held firm, resisting impulsive demands. Instead, they have bolstered their offensive lineup with Arda Güler, Joselu, and Jude Bellingham this summer.

The recent standout performances of Joselu and Bellingham, pivotal in securing a 2-1 victory over Getafe, seem to validate Ancelotti’s decisions. Encouraged by this success, the Italian coach adjusted his formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-3-1-2, entrusting the former Borussia Dortmund star with a central role in orchestrating the game.

The result? After just four La Liga matches, Real Madrid sits at the top of the table with 12 points, and the English international boasts an impressive statistical record of 5 goals and 1 assist.

“I’m extremely pleased with our team. We diligently managed all the necessary preparations, and as soon as the season began, we were well-prepared. This is an intensely competitive group, characterized by a combination of skill, physical strength, energy, and significant experience,” stated the former PSG coach after his team’s triumph over the Azulones.

Remaining faithful to the vision of their president, Florentino Pérez, Real Madrid has chosen not to pursue Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappé, despite recent disagreements with their management.

Madrid’s composed leadership has consistently asserted—both publicly and through information shared with the media—that they would not make extravagant financial commitments to secure the services of either the Parisian or the Norwegian sensation.

Real Madrid values their ongoing project over the pursuit of Mbappé and Haaland

These intentions have been substantiated by actions, as the summer transfer window has concluded, and both of these soccer luminaries continue to excel at PSG and Manchester City, respectively. Nevertheless, the prospect of Kylian Mbappé becoming a free agent as soon as January 2024 may lead to renewed speculation.

However, as reported by Marca on Sunday, Real Madrid has no intention of altering their strategy. While the 2018 World Cup winner and the Manchester City striker remain potential options for Los Blancos, the club’s leadership is resolute in safeguarding the club’s future and financial stability, even if it means forgoing these high-profile transfers.

The Spanish newspaper also highlights that Real Madrid had not harbored expectations of securing Kylian Mbappé’s services during the summer transfer window, and therefore, they do not view the outcome as a betrayal.

Although the door remains open for both the 24-year-old Frenchman and the Norwegian sensation, Real Madrid is now concentrating on their sports project, drawing from past experiences. They believe they have the resources to prepare for the future and are banking on Endrick’s arrival in 2024 to become a prominent figure in the club’s attack for the next decade.

The Spanish club’s stance on Kylian Mbappé’s potential negotiations, should he fail to extend his contract with PSG, remains to be seen. Regarding Haaland, Manchester City appears prepared to go to great lengths to secure his future.

As reported by the Daily Star on Sunday, the Sky Blues are willing to double their star striker’s salary, offering him an estimated weekly remuneration of £550,000. Nevertheless, these substantial figures do not appear to deter Real Madrid from their current course of action.


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