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Eduardo Camavinga hints at Kylian Mbappe’s summer move to Real Madrid

Eduardo Camavinga hinted at Real Madrid’s successful pursuit of Kylian Mbappe, who opted to depart Paris Saint-Germain when his contract ends in June.

Kylian Mbappe has reportedly already reached an agreement with Madrid for a five-year contract worth €15 million annually, along with a signing bonus of €150 million spread over the contract duration.

Although Mbappe will leave PSG as a free agent, the club won’t suffer financially. It’s agreed that Mbappe will repay around €80 million, and his departure is expected to save PSG approximately €200 million next season.

Mbappe will join Camavinga in a long line of French legends at Madrid

While nothing has been officially confirmed, Camavinga’s remarks subtly alluded to the ongoing negotiations.

“The fact that there is always a French player in Real Madrid shows how many good French players there are. I hope we can have more of them here with us soon,” Camavinga joked this week, as reported by Spanish outlet Defensa Central.

Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Ferland Mendy represent the current French presence at the Bernabeu. However, the journey from France to Spain’s capital is a well-trodden path – just inquire about French prince Philippe, Duke of Anjou, who was crowned Philip V of Spain in 1700. Although this event sparked a bloody war lasting 13 years, involving most of Europe, he has been deceased for nearly three centuries.

In the 21st century alone, Zinedine Zidane, Raphael Varane, and Karim Benzema have become legendary figures at the Bernabeu. Claude Makelele was famously the linchpin that held together the first Galacticos, while Christian Karembeu and Nicolas Anelka each earned Champions League titles.

The first French player to grace Madrid’s ranks, even before the club was granted its Real status by the Spanish crown, was Rene Petit in 1914, amidst the eruption of a new war across much of Europe.

Yet, the initial French star of Real Madrid emerged in the form of Raymond Kopa, who joined the club following a standout performance against them while representing Reims in the inaugural European Cup final in 1956. Although his tenure at the club lasted only three years, Kopa’s football legacy continues to shine brightly, with the creation of the Kopa Trophy in 2018 to honor the world’s best young player.

Mbappe claimed that accolade in its inaugural year, while Camavinga finished as a runner-up in 2022.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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