Real Madrid warned against signing Mbappe by ex-manager

Date published: Wednesday 6th October 2021 6:23 - Jason Soutar

Kylian Mbappe celebrates a win with his team-mates

Fabio Capello has warned Real Madrid against signing Paris St-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe, recommending the Spaniards sign players in other positions.

Mbappe has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu ever since he broke onto the scene at Monaco in 2016/17.

After his breakout season, the player chose to join PSG for a fee in the region of £130million – with his current deal running out next summer.

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It has been widely reported Mbappe will leave the Parisiens on a free transfer after his current club rejected two huge bids from Real in the summer.

However, former manager Capello has advised his old club against signing the France international, instead saying they should invest the money on two defenders.

“They’ll need time to build a strong team, Madrid need a couple of central defenders,” Capello told Corriere dello Sport.

“I saw them against Mallorca… Mamma mia! [But] upfront they have no problems, even without Mbappe. They have interesting players.”

Earlier this week, Mbappe revealed that he “asked to leave” PSG during the summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old told RMC Sport that he wanted the Ligue 1 club to “have a transfer fee” for him this summer.

He said: “People said I turned down six or seven extension offers, that I don’t want to talk to Leonardo (Araujo – PSG’s sporting director) anymore, that’s absolutely not true.

“I asked to leave, because from the moment I did not want to extend, I wanted the club to have a transfer fee to have a quality replacement.

“[PSG] is a club which brought me a lot. I have always been happy, the four years that I spent here, and I still am. I announced it early enough that the club can turn around.

“I wanted everyone to come out grown-up, to go out hand in hand, to make a good deal, and I respected that. I said, if you don’t want me to leave, I will stay.”

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