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Mbappe Would Not Be Real Madrid’s Highest-Paid Player, Spanish Media Reports

According to the Spanish sports show El Chiringuito, Real Madrid will not break the bank to sign Kylian Mbappé (25), who is out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

The day after Mbappé’s post-Trophée des Champions interview on Wednesday, the French international’s future was the subject of much discussion on Spanish sports shows. And according to El Chiringuito’s star journalist, Josep Pedrerol, Real Madrid, who have been courting Mbappé for several years, will not be willing to go to extremes to sign him.

No €100m or €150m Signing Bonus

If he signs, the 2018 World Cup winner will not be the highest-paid player in the Real Madrid squad. According to Pedrerol, the Merengues are also not expected to spend a nine-figure sum on a signing bonus for Mbappé, who will be a free agent in June. “He will not receive a signing bonus of €100m or €150m,” he said.

These comments echo those made on the show a few weeks ago, which suggested that Mbappé would take a pay cut to join Real Madrid. According to estimates, the PSG record goalscorer currently earns more than €70m gross per year (around €56m net) but would only receive half of that if he moved to the Spanish capital.

The player’s recent comments have left the Spanish press somewhat divided. The Madrid-based newspaper AS has this headline on its front page on Friday: “Mbappe is playing games” (“Juega al despiste” in Spanish). However, one thing that has been reported regularly in recent weeks is that Real Madrid wants to know Mbappé’s intentions as soon as possible and has given him an ultimatum of January 15 to respond to an offer that has been made to his entourage. Although he has said that he has not yet made a decision, the player himself has said that he will announce it as soon as it is made.

“In 2022, I didn’t know until May,” he reminded reporters on Wednesday. “If I know what I want to do, why drag it out? It wouldn’t make any sense. The most important thing is really the titles, we have a determined and young group that wants to win trophies. My situation, no one talks about it within the club, it doesn’t interest many people.”

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