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Mbappe believes Madrid will wait

On an otherwise quiet Sunday, Monaco’s former vice president, Vadim Vasilyev, has revealed that Kylian Mbappe still harbours dreams of a move to Madrid — but that his switch to the Bernabeu can wait, for now at least.

Speaking on Telefoot, Vasilyev — who left Monaco in February — said that Mbappe was prepared to bide his time before moving to the Spanish capital, with the player himself believing that he wasn’t ready to sign for Madrid back in 2017.

Mbappe scored 26 goals in a blistering 2016-17 for the principality side as they reached the semifinals of the Champions League. His pace and ability in front of goal inevitably caught the eye of some of Europe’s richest clubs, and he was heavily linked with a move to Los Blancos before signing for Paris Saint-Germain instead.

The striker told Vasilyev that it was “too soon” to sign for Madrid, having played just a single season in France. The former Monaco VP then said that Mbappe saw his transfer to PSG as a stepping stone to a move that he sees as inevitable further down the line.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid is inevitable, according to former Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev.

Pogba’s brother fails to offer solace for United fans

The future of Paul Pogba has been the source of almost constant speculation for the past 12 months — and it goes on. And on.

Pogba’s brother, Mathias, was a guest on RMC in France on Sunday and did little to dispel the notion that the French star will be playing his football elsewhere when his current deal expires in 2021. And possibly long before then.

Pogba facetimed his brother midway through the interview with RMC to voice his disappointment at the club’s 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on the south coast on Saturday. Pogba hasn’t played since Sept. 30, when he aggravated an ankle injury in the club’s match against Arsenal — an injury that coincided with a mini-revival for United before Saturday’s shocker against the Cherries.

With Juventus and Bayern Munich reportedly circling for Paul’s services, Mathias straight-batted questions over his future.

“He continues to give everything for Manchester United, he has a contract with them. I can’t say any more,” he said.

So that’s that sorted then. Or maybe not.

Tap-ins

– Both Milan clubs are set to try and lure Chris Smalling from Manchester United and rain on Roma’s parade. Goal Italia claims that the Serie A giants have been so impressed with the impact that Smalling has had in the Italian capital that they fancy bringing him north. All of which will be music to the ears of Smalling’s agent who reportedly headed to Rome to seal a permanent switch for him last week.

– Manchester City starlet Tommy Doyle is set to sign a new long-term deal with the club in an attempt to stave off interest in the player from elsewhere. That’s according to Teamtalk, which claims that the 18-year-old grandson of former City legend Glyn Pardoe, will put pen to paper on a contract that will see him remain at the club long after 2021, which is when his current deal expires.

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