'I only want to play for Real Madrid' - Kylian Mbappe makes decision on where he wants to play

French forward Kylian Mbappe could be on his way to Real Madrid this summer | Imago

'I only want to play for Real Madrid' - Kylian Mbappe makes decision on where he wants to play

Stephen Oladehinde 19:33 - 17.02.2024

The countdown is officially on, and the football world is buzzing with anticipation. Seven years in the making, Kylian Mbappé's move to Real Madrid is no longer a matter of if, but when.

The saga, filled with twists and turns since 2022, seems to be heading towards a thrilling conclusion, with all signs pointing to a July 1 unveiling at the Santiago Bernabéu. 

This isn't just speculation anymore; it's a meticulously choreographed dance between a world-class athlete and one of football's most storied clubs, with both parties moving in unison towards a shared future.

A  New Chapter Begins

Mbappé's journey to Madrid has been anything but straightforward. From indirect messages and symbolic gestures like birthday gifts from Real Madrid, the narrative has finally shifted to direct communication. 

PSG star Kylian Mbappe || Imago
PSG star Kylian Mbappe || Imago

The French superstar has made his intentions crystal clear: Real Madrid is where his heart lies, a sentiment he's communicated unequivocally to the Madrid hierarchy. This decisive move marks a significant departure from the uncertainties of 2022, paving the way for a new era at the Bernabéu.

The Turning Point

The real game-changer came on a Thursday afternoon, a face-to-face meeting between Mbappé and PSG's Al Khelaifi, devoid of any intermediaries or political figures—a stark contrast to their previous encounters. 

This meeting was different; it was honest and straightforward, with Mbappé firmly standing his ground. He conveyed without a shadow of a doubt that his future is with Real Madrid, a statement that reshaped the entire negotiation landscape. 

"A sincere conversation" marked the turning point, with Mbappé delivering the unequivocal message: "I just want to play for Real Madrid", as reported by Marca. 

This declaration was the key Real Madrid had been waiting for, setting the stage for a transfer that has been years in the making. 

Now, the focus shifts to finalizing the deal. Fayza Lamari, Mbappé's agent and mother, finds herself in a novel position, no longer holding all the cards. 

For Mbappé, this move signifies more than just a career decision; it's a testament to his priorities, where passion and allegiance to Real Madrid trump financial incentives.