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Kylian Mbappe is undeniably one of the most talented players of this generation. No wonder that top European teams have been behind him. Real Madrid, in particular, has been interested in the Frenchman with the transfer saga this summer going down to the wire. However, the much-awaited move ended in an anti-climax as Los Blancos ditched their pursuit for the Parisian striker.

This stunning backtracking by the Los Blancos stunned soccer fans across the world. Now that the transfer window is over, we finally have some clarity on this mystery. As per the latest reports, the reason for Real Madrid’s ditching comes from Mbappe’s price tag and their trust in the new signings they have already made.

Real Madrid ditched Kylian Mbappe for his hefty price tag and salary cost


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As talented and influential as Kylian Mbappe is, spending a whopping $432 million for him would be truly absurd. The financial investment becomes even more undesirable when one realizes that the 24-year-old is in the last year of his contract. So if any team waits for a year, they can easily snatch the Paris born for free. While registering a player on a free transfer is not as lucrative as it seems considering the inflated agent fees and wages, it will still be much cheaper than spending a gargantuan transfer fee on the player.

As reported by Marca, Los Blancos, instead of Kylian, are banking on their $111 million signing, Jude Bellingham, to fill the Mbappe-shaped void for this year. The Real Madrid management expects the Englishman to combine with Joselu, Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo to solve Madrid’s attacking woes till they sign a top striker.

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Luckily for Real Madrid, their $111 million purchase has proven to be a great investment so far.

Jude Bellingham has been the signing of the summer so far

Ever since Jude Bellingham made his high-profile move to Real Madrid, expectations from the youngster at the Bernabeu have been sky-high. After all, spending $111 million for a 20-year-old Englishman is a mindboggling sum for a midfielder. Luckily for Jude, he has managed to stun the Madrid faithful with his performances. In his first four matches for Real Madrid, Bellingham has scored goals in each outing, being the second signing after Cristiano Ronaldo to do so.


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With a magnanimous performance like this in the beginning, the former BVB midfielder has quickly become the fan favorite at Bernabeu. Fans already sing the popular song ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles for the 20-year-old, much to the delight of Bellingham. “When they were singing ‘Hey Jude’ at the end, I got goosebumps. I just wanted to turn and stand still and listen to it while my legs were shaking,” said the Englishman to Real Madrid’s social media team [via ESPN FC].


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Will Jude Bellingham score a goal in his next match to make a new record of having scored in 5 consecutive matches? Drop your predictions in the comments below!

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Suresh Menon


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Suresh Menon is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports with over 400 articles to his name. Being an ace defender back in his school days, Suresh grew up admiring the famed ‘BBC’ of Juventus which is why the Italian club is his favorite. His love for soccer from an early age combined with his flair for communication is the reason why he decided to pursue sports journalism at ES.
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