Barcelona President Decries Mbappe’s Move To Real Madrid

The President of Barcelona Football Club, Joan Laporta has admitted that Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid is “not good news.”

Madrid had earlier confirmed that Mbappe will be joining them as a free agent.

Laporta, speaking to Mundo Deportivo, said: “As a Barça fan, it’s not good news to see Mbappé to Real Madrid.

“But to be honest, I prefer our strategy to trust a project with players produced and made in La Masia.

“I respect our rivals but I keep our Philosophy.”

Mbappe will wear the No. 9 shirt at the Bernabeu after agreeing a five-year deal.

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Africa Today News, New York recalls that Real Madrid had last week announced the signing of Kylian Mbappé on a free transfer, ending their years-long wait for him to join the club.

“Real Madrid C. F. and Kylian Mbappe have reached an agreement whereby he will be a Real Madrid player for the next five seasons,” the Spanish champions said in a statement.

Mbappé, announced last month that he would leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season when his contract expired.

“A dream come true, So happy and proud to join the club of my dream,” Mbappé said in a post on X.

“Nobody can understand how excited I am right now. Can’t wait to see you, Madridistas, and thanks for your unbelievable support. ¡Hala Madrid!”

Sources have told ESPN that Mbappé has signed a five-year deal worth €15 million ($16.2m) a year after taxes and will also receive a €150m signing on fee, spread over his deal.

Madrid are the reigning LaLiga champions and lifted their 15th European Cup on Saturday as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Wembley.

In 2017, after starring for Monaco, Mbappé came close to joining the Spanish giants, but opted to join PSG instead after the club agreed a world-record deal for a teenager, worth €180 million ($195.4m).

Mbappé went on to become PSG’s club captain and all-time top scorer with 255 goals, winning six Ligue 1 titles in seven seasons.

Africa Today News, New York

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