Real Madrid not to sign priority target Kylian Mbappe insists Fabio Capello
Real Madrid need not sign priority target Kylian Mbappe, emphasizes Fabio Capello as he encourages Carlo Ancelotti to instead step up the defensive ranks
- Real Madrid made two mega-money offers for Kylian Mbappé in the summer
- PSG did not respond to them and a deal could not be made before the deadline day
- The French star’s contract expires in 2022 and can speak with clubs from January 1
- Fabio Capello insists Real have enough offensive firepower without Mbappé
Former Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has claimed that Los Blancos do not need transfer target Kylian Mbappe.
Capello insisted that Carlo Ancelotti has enough attacking talent at his disposal so that he doesn’t need the PSG star to pose a threat.
But Real should instead bolster their defensive ranks after losing backline veterans Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane this summer, the Italian claimed.
Fabio Capello urges Real Madrid not to sign Kylian Mbappe (above) from PSG
Mbappe emerged as a primary target for the Spanish side this summer as he went into the final 12 months of his contract at the Parc des Princes.
Real Madrid tried to sign him for a massive £154million transfer fee earlier this year, but a deal could not be settled before the transfer window closed.
“They need time to build a strong team, Madrid need some central defenders,” Capello told Corriere dello Sport.
Former England coach (left) urges Carlo Ancelotti (right) to strengthen his backline
‘I saw them against Mallorca… Mamma mia! [But] up front they have no problems, even without Mbappé. They have interesting players.’
Real top the LaLiga table, ahead of local rivals Atletico Madrid on goal difference, but surprisingly conceded 10 goals, including two in a shocking defeat to Espanyol before the international break.
Before Espanyol comfortably beat them, Madrid could only draw against Villarreal nine days ago and were beaten by Champions League debutants Sheriff mid-week.
Capello therefore believes fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti should focus on his backline before the January window.
The former England coach insisted that Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio are enough to give Real enough firepower up front.
Capello thinks Real attack is strong with Karim Benzema (left) and Marco Asensio (right)
Now that Mbappé’s deal at the Parc des Princes expires next year and no extension imminent, Mbappe is free to talk with clubs in January about a pre-contract agreement.
But Real Madrid president Florentino Perez suggested a deal had already been struck and could be confirmed in January, as reported in marca.
“We will have news from Mbappe in January,” said the former Madrid chief. We hope that everything will be resolved by January 1.’
Florentino Perez (left) claimed he will have news of Mbappe’s possible signing in January
However, after that, he came back for fear of damaging relations with the Paris club.
He told RMC: ‘My words were misinterpreted. What I said is that we have to wait until next year for news, and remain respectful towards PSG, with whom we have good relations.’
Mbappe confirmed he wanted to leave PSG but admitted the only club he would leave Paris for would be Real Madrid as the 22-year-old gave an explosive interview to L’Equipe.
Mbappe told Mauricio Pochettino and Co that he wanted to leave after his return from the European Championship
Mbappe gave an explosive interview in which he admitted that he wanted to leave Paris for Madrid
Mbappe revealed: ‘Why should I stay at PSG? We are far from it… as I wanted to leave Paris this summer. I’m not going to be the hypocrite, my ambition was clear. We’ll see what happens – my future is not my priority right now.
“I am attached to PSG and if I had left this summer it would have been only for Real Madrid. I kept playing in August and I had no problem with that. Why did I want to leave?
“I thought my adventure was over. If I had left, it would have only been to Real Madrid. Leaving PSG was the next logical step.’