Mbappé, The Time is Now

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Despite 3 straight draws Real Madrid has shown steady improvement over the past 3 months. The young players are proving their worth, the old players are recovering their form and the pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together for Zizou. Right now there is just one thing missing to get this team back to its best:  goals.

The best version of Benzema is not enough and so far Eden Hazard hasn’t been enough (that may change over time and being injury free). No one can completely replace Cristiano, but a pure striker is needed to finish the puzzle. That striker’s name is Kylian Mbappé and the time is now.

Mbappé’s dream has always been to put on the white jersey, like so many other players. His bedroom wall was filled with posters of Cristiano in his Real Madrid kit. But Mbappé chose to listen to smart advice: Go play elsewhere first and establish yourself as a superstar. Then sign for Real Madrid for the big money and a guaranteed starting spot on the team. It shows this kid has a head on his shoulders. So many young promising players have come to Madrid too early and never got the playing time needed to shine.

At just 21 years old, Mbappé was the French player of the year for 2019. He has become the insignia of PSG, a club full of talented players that is trying to play with the big boys, but always fall short. PSG has offered the French international 36 million euros (net) per year for 6 years but Mbappé has refused to negotiate his contract renovation. The player has to be discreet but he knows it’s time to fulfill his destiny as a Real Madrid superstar.

After a trophy-less season (or two) there is no better time to join a big club. With a greater urgency to succeed and win titles the odds are more in your favor. Upon arriving to Madrid, Kylian would team up with fellow Frenchmen Karim Benzema, Rafaël Varane and of course, Zinedine Zidane. Zidane would clearly favor him in the attacking role as he did Benzema even when the latter was in poor form.

Mbappé has already won the World Cup and the French league. Now he has 2 major objectives: Win the Balon D’or and the Champions League. Joining Real Madrid will help him get both.

The player has a contract until 2022. If Madrid decides to make an offer this summer it will be in the orbit of 230 million, a new record transfer fee. If the offer is rejected PSG will have to let the striker go for much less the following year. Otherwise Mbappé would leave for free in 2022.

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