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Kylian Mbappé is “further away from Real Madrid than ever” despite killing Barcelona, according to former Santiago Bernabéu sports director Jorge Valdano.
Mbappé scored an impressive hat-trick when Paris Saint-Germain beat Barça 4-1 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.
Undoubtedly, such a performance will win even more the affection of France among the faithful of Madrid and it has been frequently associated with a move to the Spanish capital.
The 22-year-old’s contract at PSG expires at the end of next season, yet Valdano believes his exploits at Camp Nou have given him an advantage in demanding the kind of salary that only the Ligue 1 giants get. able to pay.
“After this, Mbappé is further away from Real Madrid than ever,” the former Argentine international told Onda Cero.
He can ask for a salary of 30 million euros, the same as Neymar, and only PSG can offer that amount ”.
Another factor in Mbappé’s favor, Valdano suggested, was that a homeless Lionel Messi, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot, could now be less attractive when his contract with Barça expires in June and PSG considers how they could fill his ample budget.
“I don’t see PSG very interested at the moment in trading Mbappé for Messi,” he said. “Mbappé changed the scale of values.”
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Valdano feels that Madrid should turn their attention to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, whose prolific exploits remind him of the Argentine hero of the 1978 World Cup.
“Mbappé is more complete than Haaland, but I think Madrid needs a scorer like the Norwegian,” he added.
“Haaland is the Mario Kempes of the 21st century”.