‘To Saudi Arabia’: PSG Star Jokingly Opens Up on Kylian Mbappe’s Next Move Despite Madrid Links

‘To Saudi Arabia’: PSG Star Jokingly Opens Up on Kylian Mbappe’s Next Move Despite Madrid Links

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 14, 2024 at 8:01 AM
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  • Ousmane Dembele cracked a hilarious transfer joke about Kylian Mbappe
  • He claims his soon-to-be PSG ex-teammate is on his way to Saudi Arabia
  • The former Barcelona forward made the claim amid Mbappe's link to Madrid

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Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Ousmane Dembele, playfully teased the idea that Kylian Mbappe could opt for a move to Saudi Arabia over Real Madrid during the 2023–24 UNFP Ligue 1 Awards ceremony on Monday, May 13.

Mbappe's public announcement of his departure from PSG at the end of the season, shared on social media the previous week, left his next destination shrouded in mystery, sparking widespread speculation.

Kylian Mbappe, future, Ousmane Dembele, FC Barcelona, PSG, Saudi Arabia, Marcel Desailly.
Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe were visibly disappointed after PSG conceded against Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final first leg on May 1, 2024. Photo by Xavier Laine.
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While many anticipate a move to Real Madrid in the summer, 1998 World Cup winner Marcel Desailly proposed an alternative, suggesting Mbappe should consider the Saudi Pro League.

Desailly pointed out the potential financial windfall, with the prospect of earning up to €350 million (£301mil /$376 mil) per season in the Middle East alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and former PSG teammate Neymar Junior.

The former France defender also highlighted the potential challenges Mbappe might face in Madrid, competing for the spotlight alongside Jude Bellingham and Vinicius.

He argued that a move to the Saudi League could offer Mbappe a unique opportunity, as cited by GOAL.

When questioned about Mbappe's future destination, Dembele, a close friend of the PSG icon, playfully echoed Desailly's sentiments, adding a touch of humour to the speculation.

"To Saudi Arabia, like Desailly said," the pacy winger remarked, as quoted by Sportskeeda.

Mbappe remains tight-lipped about future club

Meanwhile, the player in question, Mbappe, has kept his cards close to his chest regarding his future destination following his announcement of leaving Paris.

While rumours circulate about a potential move to Real Madrid, Mbappe has chosen not to comment publicly on the matter, as reported by Sports Brief.

However, he hinted at his excitement for the next chapter without disclosing the club's name, expressing eagerness for the upcoming opportunity.

Despite the secrecy surrounding his decision, Mbappe is enthusiastic about the adventure that awaits him.

How Madrid's starting XI would look like with Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe's anticipated departure from PSG has brought him closer to a high-profile transfer, with Real Madrid emerging as a likely destination.

This potential move holds significant implications for Los Blancos, providing the French star with an enticing chance to chase his Ballon d'Or dream.

Sports Brief has crafted the ideal starting lineup for Real Madrid next season, envisioning how things might unfold if Mbappe joins the club as expected.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.