Real Madrid sign France captain Kylian Mbappe on free transfer

Tuesday June 04 2024

Paris St Germain's forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after winning the Coupe de France against Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France on May 25, 2024. PHOTO | REUTERS


France forward Kylian Mbappe has joined Real Madrid as a free agent on a five-year contract, the LaLiga club said on Monday, ending a transfer saga that rumbled on for years before the European champions captured their newest "Galactico".

"Real Madrid CF and Kylian Mbappe have reached an agreement whereby he will be a Real Madrid player for the next five seasons," the Spanish champions said in a statement, fresh off their 15th European Cup triumph.

Mbappe shared images of himself as a youngster in a Real Madrid kit as well as meeting Cristiano Ronaldo onto his social media profiles shortly after the club statement.

"A dream come true," he wrote. "So happy and proud to join the club of my dream @realmadrid."

"Nobody can understand how excited I am right now. Can't wait to see you, Madridistas, and thanks for your unbelievable support. Hala Madrid!"


The 25-year-old captain of the French national team had announced he was leaving Paris St Germain in a video posted on social media platform X on May 10.

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Mbappe will move to Real Madrid in July when his PSG contract expires on June 30, but the forward will be unveiled before joining up with the France squad for the European Championship in Germany.

Mbappe joins a star-studded side in Madrid with the likes of Ballon d'Or favourites Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham, led by Italian Carlo Ancelotti -- the most successful coach in Champions League history with five titles.