France Legend Believes Signing Kylian Mbappe to Link up With Vinicius Jr. is an ‘Opportunity’ For Real Madrid

Published 01/06/2024, 7:37 AM EST

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As the winter transfer market opens, the soccer world braces itself for the seemingly perpetual saga of Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. The French striker, currently in the final phase of his contract with PSG, has ignited a flurry of speculations. Amid this, an intriguing question looms — how would Mbappe’s arrival complement Real Madrid’s attacking set-up, particularly that of Vinicius Jr? It’s a doubt that fans and experts have pondered over, and a perspective from a French soccer icon adds another layer to this narrative.

Although the prospect of uniting Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr is undoubtedly mouthwatering, it raises questions about their place in the lineup due to similar attacking traits.

Former French WC winner believes that Mbappe-Vinicius duo is a big ‘opportunity’ for Real Madrid


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As the anticipation surrounding Mbappe’s transfer intensifies, former French legend Frank Leboeuf injects a unique take into the debate. In a recent soccer panel conversation with ESPN FC, Leboeuf acknowledged Real Madrid’s left-wing dominance, already exemplified by Vinicius Jr. Although, the position will potentially clash with the Frenchman’s priority, Leboeuf still sees it as a golden opportunity for the Spanish club.


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When asked about Leboeuf’s take on the tussle between Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr. for the left-wing, he stated, “It’s true! I always wonder why they needed Mbappe because his best position is on the left side, and they already have Vini Jr.” Leboeuf continued by questioning the reason behind Mbappe’s need to change his preferable position.

However, the French legend claimed that it’ll be a spectacular ‘opportunity’ for Los Blancos to have him paired up with Vinicius. “But, for Real Madrid’s point-of-view when you have the chance to have Mbappe alongside Vini Jr, would you say no? I don’t think so. It’s a very nice opportunity to have the two talented players at the front,” Leboeuf added.

Leboeuf envisions a dynamic duo, wreaking havoc on defenses in La Liga and Europe.

Vinicius Jr. eager to share the pitch with Kylian Mbappe


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While debates on tactical implications ensue, Real Madrid’s Vini Jr. himself stirred up some buzz about Mbappe’s links with Madrid. In a revealing interview a few months ago, the Brazilian candidly expressed his desire to grace the pitch alongside the prolific Frenchman. “Everyone wants to play with Kylian (Mbappé) here. I hope it happens one day; he is one of the best players, perhaps the best,” Vinicius Jr. remarked.

So, will Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr. be a convergence of talent, or a clash of egos? Only time will tell. But one thing is certain: the possibility of witnessing these two superstars grace the iconic white jersey together is enough to set Madrid fans’ hearts racing faster than Mbappe on a counter-attack. It’ll be interesting to see what lies ahead in this transfer saga.

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Written by:

Sahil Sharma


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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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Jayant Chhabra