As Gareth Bale fights off constant battles with injuries and a lack of support from the passionate Madridistas, Los Blancos look to the next big Galactico that president Florentino Perez might sign.
Bale has had some big moments for La Liga Champions since he signed for the club in 2013, playing a pivotal role in the 2014 Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona and the Champions League victories against city rivals Atlético Madrid in 2014 and 2016.
Although he is one of the top talents in the world, the 28-year-old’s big move to Spain has been blighted by injuries, causing friction between himself and the fans since his €100.8 million move to Madrid. Now a high number of fans are happy to allow Bale a return to the Premier League in the hope his sale could fund a move for teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé.
Here are 5 reasons why Mbappe would be an upgrade on Bale.
1. The Future Star of Football
There is no question about it; Mbappe has arrived in the game. After a scintillating first season in football, where he helped Monaco to clinch Ligue 1 in an attacking set up, the French star has announced himself to the world. The likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid have reportedly bid over £80m for his services, with many prestigious clubs casting admiring glances.
Devastating with the ball at his feet and lightning quick in the final third, for years to come he will be the star of the future. When Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo eventually retire after iconic careers, Mbappe could be the one to take the mantle as Real Madrid are doing all they can to ensure he dons the famous white shirt.
2. Devastating Skill and Pace
What Mbappe would offer that Bale cannot is lightning pace and a repertoire of tricks on a consistent basis. At 28, Bale is reaching his peak years but his catalogue of injuries means he can never utilise his unqiue athletic ability to full potential.
Soon as he gets a run of games, sadly 17 different knocks during his time in the capital has halted his development in Spain. Mbappe on the other hand in his first full season in the Monaco first team was nothing short of sensational. Admired by opposition, his teammates and coaches around the world, his ability to beat a man with skills and blistering speed while smashing in 15 league goals sent shock-waves through football.
His ability and undoubted potential to be one of the best in the future makes him a number one target for Real Madrid and a likely replacement for Bale, should he decide to move on.
3. Instant Fan Favourite
In Spanish football, it is different to anywhere else in the world, particularly at the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The fans are purists of the game, and expect their hard earned money to be treated to a spectacle of entertainment. Managers in the past such as former World Cup winning coach Vicente del Bosque know the pressure that comes with taking the hot seat at Real Madrid.
He was shockingly sacked days after clinching the 29th La Liga crown for Los Blancos, as the fans and board pointed to his less-then-pleasing tactics not matching the attacking football they have come to expect at the Santiago Bernabéu. The clubs want fans to rise to their feet applauding the skill of their players, mesmerising with flair, pace and trickery.
Mbappe would offer this in abundance; the signing of the French international would be an instant hit with the fans because his style on the pitch is everything Real Madrid represents as a team.
4. Heir to Cristiano Ronaldo
Reports recently emerged that Ronaldo is against Real Madrid making a play on Monaco star Mbappe and there is an obvious reason why. The 32-year-old is the record top goal scorer for the Spanish outfit, a star in his own right and the talisman of the current Champions League and La Liga holders.
Although he is still a great of the game, he is the wrong side of 30 and he will eventually decline, ushering in a new era of talent. The former Manchester United man probably feels threatened that he will no longer be the main man at the Santiago Bernabéu, and although the number seven still reigns supreme in Madrid, if Mbappe signs he will be the future of Los Blancos.
5. Less Injury Prone
When Welsh wizard Gareth Bale signed from Tottenham in 2013 for a then record €100.8 million, many heralded the move as a masterstroke and claimed he would be the perfect foil for Ronaldo, perhaps even overtaking the Portugal captain as the main star at the Santiago Bernabéu one day.
However, a series of injuries has limited the 28-year-old to 150 appearances in his four seasons in Spain. For such a large fee, more was expected of the powerful winger, so when as many as 72% of fans in a recent poll in the Spanish capital admitted they would’t mind if he left for Manchester United, it showed the lack of faith in Bale from the Madridistas.
As Los Blancos allegedly eye a move for Mbappe, they would get an exciting talent who is less likely to succumb to injuries and offer a more consistent presence.