Former PSG midfielder Rothen reveals that Kylian Mbappe swap deal to Real Madrid was almost done before coronavirus crisis

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The debate of whether Kylian Mbappe will move to Real Madrid can only be ascertained in a matter of time. Critics have always posed the French man to be a great prospect for the Los Blancos in the seeable future.

Former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder identified as Jerome Rothen disclosed that Kylian Mbappe’s swap to Real Madrid was almost a done deal before the outbreak of coronavirus which has put the entire world in a compromising position of standstill.


According to the ex-midfielder, Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid is “just a question of time”. He explained that the 2018 World Cup winner has almost finished his transfer negotiation before the ugly pandemic took place. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, there has been a mandated lockdown put in place to stop the fast spread of the virus. This has caused an indefinite suspension on the world of football and any activities related to outdoor sports games.

However, despite the lockdown, speculations have continued to link the French man with a transfer to Santiago Bernabeu. Mbappe switched to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 on a loan deal from Monaco. Upon the end of his loan contract, PSG extended his stay in the French giant club by giving him a contract that will keep him in the club till 2022. His five years contract with PSG made him the most expensive youngster footballers after the French top club paid about £180 million to Monaco.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has not hidden his interest in getting the signature of Mbappe for the Los Blancos. This, especially after the Champions League game between Real Madrid and PSG, during the post-match media conference, Zidane said: “You know that I have known him for a long time,” Zidane told a media conference at the time. “I am already in love with him, firstly as a person, because he came to do a trial here a long time ago.

“On Tuesday he comes as a rival. What matters to me is what we are going to do and we are going to prepare for it. We know the player and we must be prepared.”

Former PSG midfielder explained that if the outbreak of coronavirus has not hit the world so bad that football had to be suspended, Real Madrid would have finished negotiations on the Mbappe’s deal.

This was revealed via his chat with Radio Montecarlo, he said: “I know from club sources that a deal to take Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid was almost done,” Rothen, who won two titles during his six years at PSG, told.

“But with what has been happening, I’m sure that Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid will be postponed.” There is no way that Mbappe will extend his contract with PSG.

“They will have an agreement between them in place because PSG agreed to let him go this summer. In my opinion, it’s just a question of time.”