Kylian Mbappe agrees to join Real Madrid on five-year deal

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Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe has agreed to join Real Madrid this summer on a five-year deal.

The France captain, 25, has told PSG that he intends to leave the club when his contract expires in June.

Mbappe has yet to sign a contract with Real Madrid, but the deal could be announced once the clubs are no longer able to meet in this season’s Champions League, according to BBC report.

The World Cup winner is PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 244 goals.

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Mbappe wanted to resolve his future before March, so he met with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi on February 13th, prior to training, and informed him that he was leaving and joining Real.

Mbappe was left out of the starting lineup for Saturday’s match against Nantes after reports surfaced last Thursday that he would leave, but he came off the bench to score a penalty as PSG moved 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

He is expected to sign a five-year contract with Real, earning 15 million euros (£12.8 million) per season plus a 150 million euro (£128 million) signing-on bonus spread over five years, and he will retain a portion of his image rights.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has already planned how he will use Mbappe in his team, with England midfielder Jude Bellingham playing deeper, Brazilian Vinicius Jr playing on the left, and Mbappe playing left of center.

If Croatia midfielder Luka Modric leaves this summer, Mbappe will inherit the number 10 shirt that he currently wears for France.

Following the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, PSG leads Real Sociedad 2-0, while Real leads RB Leipzig 1-0.

Mbappe won the French title with Monaco before joining PSG as an 18-year-old in 2017, first on loan before a 180 million euro (£165.7 million) transfer.

Overall, he has 244 goals and 93 assists in 291 games for PSG, helping the club win five Ligue 1 titles.

Mbappe was set to leave PSG on a free transfer at the end of the 2021-22 season, but instead signed a two-year contract extension with an option for another year.

However, after Mbappe informed PSG that he would not agree to the additional 12 months of the contract, he was not chosen for their pre-season tour to Japan in July.

Mbappe turned down a move to Real when he agreed to his current deal with PSG in May 2022.

He has a one-year extension clause, so it is expected his departure will involve either a sale with a transfer fee or financial sacrifices on the player’s part.

“He is no doubt one of the players anyone would love to have on his side. He is an amazing player,” former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon told the BBC’s Football News Show.

“We have very young players – he will join Vinicius, Rodrygo, Bellingham – and I think we have a very strong team. That’s why we are leading La Liga and also we’ve won all our matches in the Champions League.

“So, for him it would be fantastic. Every fan of Real Madrid would like to see him playing in the Bernabeu.

“He will leave a mark. If he continues to play as he has up until now, for sure he will be one of the important players we have had in our history.”

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