On the Spanish program El Chiringuito on Wednesday evening, Florentino Perez spoke about several key topics of the Real Madrid season. He started with the file of the year, that of Kylian Mbappé. A bitterness was felt in the words of the president of Casa Blanca.
“Mbappé is already forgotten. Nothing happened. Today, Mbappé does not exist. What exists is the Real party”starts Perez. “No, this Mbappé is not my Mbappé. But if he changes… Life takes a thousand turns. I think they confused him and he is very young. I wish him the best, I don’t don’t want anything bad for him. But I believed in the dream. (…) Madridistas will be disappointed, but the Mbappé who wanted to come to Real Madrid was not that Mbappé. (…) He told me in a message and I wished him luck. But at that point we were no longer interested. No player in the history of Real Madrid has ever been above the rest.” translate our colleagues from RMC Sport.
Then, Florentino Perez attacked PSG and all the means they deployed, in particular with France and Qatar, to keep Bondy’s rocket. “They (PSG) had practically offered him to be the leader, not only of a football team, but also of the management. There, we saw that it was not the Mbappé we wanted to bring in, but that under pressure he had changed his dreams. If a kid is summoned by the President of the Republic (Macron), of course it affects him.”
For the Madrid president, the political pressure was even stronger than the sporting aspect. “Is it the economic offer from PSG? We won’t know, but I think the pressure that could have affected him the most is political. That, plus money and sporting leadership, made him change. opinion. He struggled. When you get into a panic situation, you try to get out of it as quickly as possible. It doesn’t make sense. I can’t imagine the King of Spain calling a player . It influenced him a lot.” However, Florentino Perez hasn’t closed the door on Mbappé going forward. But on one condition: “Any player must understand what Real Madrid is and that no one is greater than the others.“
PSG an enemy?
Then, the president of Casa Blanca assured that his club was not going to war against the Ile-de-France residents. Even if he regretted the way in which certain formations are directed. “PSG is not an enemy. Neither Chelsea nor City. All those who compete with us are friends. We get on well with everyone. On the other hand, the club-states (like PSG) are a problem we have to solve.”
Since the end of the season, several names have been mentioned to replace Mauricio Pochettino in the French capital, in particular that of Zinedine Zidane. But for Florentino Perez, Zizou will not be the next Paris coach. “I don’t know if he’ll go to PSG, but he’s always been a Real Madrid man and the France team. That’s what I know about him. But maybe he’s now in a different situation.”
Former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos joined PSG in 2021. A difficult start for Real management. “Over time, everyone accepted. He did what he thought he had to do at the time. Sergio Ramos is among the great Madridians, he is one of the great Madrid defenders and I will never forget Lisbon’s goal in the Champions League final.”
Haaland, bad timing?
After the failure of the Mbappé file, Real Madrid tracked the Norwegian machine, Erling Haaland. However, the timing was not right for the president of the Merengues who has the best center forward of the season. “We have the best centre-forward in the world and that moment was incompatible with Haaland. We weren’t going to sign him to bench him. I think we have a great team. If Benzema gets the flu, there will be a substitute but only for this moment.”