Is Pochettino under huge pressure at PSG after Messi arrival?
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Real Madrid will not invite former coach Zinedine Zidane to Kylian Mbappe’s presentation if Los Blancos complete a speculative transfer for the France starlet. Rumours about Mbappe’s Paris Saint-Germain future have intensified over the last couple of months as the 22-year-old has entered the final year of his contract.
A new deal does not appear to be on the horizon, despite the Ligue 1 club dangling bait by securing the sensational signing of Lionel Messi.
PSG hope that the arrival of the legendary forward from Barcelona will tempt Mbappe into extending his stay in the French capital.
But so far the World Cup-winner is yet to commit his future to the club he first joined in 2018.
La Liga giants Real have a long-standing interest in the former Monaco forward and will try to prise him away.
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PSG now find themselves in a quandary because they can either sell the player this summer or risk losing for free a player for whom they paid Monaco £130million just four years ago.
In January, Mbappe can speak to non-French clubs about a free transfer ahead of the summer of the 2022.
Real will likely be ahead of any other club interested in signing him and appear to be so confident that they have reportedly made plans for his presentation.
It is more common across the continent for star players to be showed off to fans, although Manchester City unveiled £100m signing Jack Grealish at the Etihad Stadium.
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But Los Blancos will not invite Mbappe’s countryman Zidane, according to Spanish outlet Defensa Central.
The report continues that president Florentino Perez will instead be the only person present. The club are concerned that Zidane’s presence will provoke unwanted discussion and controversy.
Zidane left his role as Real head coach earlier this summer after two years. He had been reappointed as boss in March 2019 having departed only the previous May.
The 49-year-old guided Real to three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles across his two spells in charge.
He has since been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian is yet to make a major signing, although arrived to see David Alaba added to his squad on a free transfer from Bayern Munich.
Real, who finished runners-up to rivals Atletico Madrid last season, are offloading players to ease huge debts.
Defender Raphael Varane has joined Machester United in a bargain £35m deal, with the signing announced just prior to the Red Devils’ 5-1 thrashing of Leeds United on Saturday.
Fellow centre-back Sergio Ramos also decided to join PSG at the end of his contract, ending a trophy-laden 16-year career in the Spanish capital.
Ramos is part of PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino’s huge overhaul, with the aim being to finally win the Champions League.
Messi fronts a star-studded list of free transfer arrivals, including former Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum and ex-AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Wing-back Achraf Hakimi has joined in a £54m deal from Inter Milan.
Mbappe was among the scorers as PSG grabbed their second win of the Ligue 1 season with a 4-2 victory over Strasbourg on Saturday.
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