Mbappé lays down terms and conditions for Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappé is keen to represent France at the Paris Olympics in 2024 - plans which Real Madrid must have in mind when the time comes.
Few players can claim to have won the World Cup when barely 20 years old - and to have played a key role in helping the qualify, progress and lift the trophy. But the feat is just one in the list of Kylian Mbappé's achievements. The French striker is now 60 days away from entering the final six months of his contract with PSG - when that moment arrives, he will be free to sign for Real Madrid.
Mbappé's Olympic dream
It will also be a moment for him to start planning future goals, with the national team and with Real Madrid. And to reach some of those goals he must impose certain conditions. Mbappé has his heart set on representing France at 2014 Olympic Games which will has special significance for him as it will be held in Paris. He will be 25 years old when the Games come around. Last week, in a letter published in L'Équipe to mark 1,000 days in the countdown to the Olympics, Kylian expressed his desire to be a part of it. He would have liked to have been with the France team that took part in the Tokyo Olympics last summer, but "they cut the grass from under my feet" he said in reference to PSG's refusal to let him go to Japan. His contract could include a clause or some kind of agreement which would guarantee that Madrid would free him to take part in the Olympics, which start on 25 July - right in the middle of the pre-season and just a few weeks after Euro 2024 finishes in Germany. France's men's team have not been on an Olympic podium since Los Angeles 1984 when they won the gold medal.
Mbappé will join Madrid as a free agent and earning a lower salary than he could earn by staying on at PSG. That sacrifice will require Madrid to make some concession of their own. Kylian will join to be the leader of the club's new project. He will be the main man, enjoying more of the limelight than he does in Paris at present where Neymar and now Messi are centre stage. Another reason to join Madrid is to win trophies - the Champions League which has eluded him during his time at PSG and which will take on a whole new meaning for him if he can do it with the club he has followed since childhood. And then there are the individual awards. Madrid is the perfect trampoline to present his bid for the Ballon d'Or. In recent years, madridistas like Figo, Ronaldo, Cannavaro, Cristiano Ronaldo (four times) and Modric lifted the award. Mbappé has finished between fourth and seventh place in the last three editions.
Keeping it in the family
His family will also have a key role to play. His business affairs are managed externally by his father Wilfried. His mother Fayza Lamari is also involved in other areas of his career. And there is another budding Mbappé in the making - his brother Ethan, who joined PSG in 2017. He plays in midfield and will turn 15 on 29 December. Last summer, he extended his contract with the club until 2024. If the clan are keen for both players to be together at the same club, then that would be another matter that Madrid will need to keep in mind.