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Headlines:

- Real Madrid announce Kylian Mbappé signing on five-year contract

- Mbappé set to be unveiled by Los Blancos after Euro 2024

- France striker expected to wear No. 9 shirt at the Bernabéu

- Mbappé in line to earn €15m a year, plus a large signing-on bonus

- 25-year-old moves to Spain after seven years with PSG

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Out of contract this summer, Modric is set to renew at Madrid for another year, but at 38 is clearly approaching the end of his illustrious career at the Bernabéu.

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Courtois says "bienvenue" to Mbappé

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"IL. EST. ICI."

LaLiga has welcomed Kylian Mbappé to Spanish soccer, posting on X: "IL. EST. ICI." (HE. IS. HERE.)

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Galáctico gremlins

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Madrid's statement reads: “Real Madrid C.F. and Kylian Mbappé have reached an agreement that will see the player join Real Madrid on a five-year contract.”

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Take a look at Henry's comments in full.

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"Tonight! Tonight"

Here, incidentally, is video with English subtitles of Mbappé's conversation with President Macron earlier today:

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How long will Mbappé's Real Madrid contract be?

Pedrerol adds, by the way, that Mbappé is expected to sign a five-year deal at Real Madrid.

AS understands that Madrid are planning to pay him around €15 million ($16.28 million) per season. He'll also be paid a healthy signing-on bonus, but details of how much that will be are yet to emerge.

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Here's more from Josep Pedrerol on that exact announcement time.

As mentioned earlier, he says Real Madrid are planning to confirm an Mbappé deal at 7pm CEST (1pm ET/10am PT).

Speaking on the TV show 'El Chiringuito', he adds that this announcement "could be delayed until 7:15pm at the very latest".

So, if he's right, Mbappé to Madrid will be official in 20 to 35 minutes' time...

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The striker had previously spoken of his interest in playing at the Paris Games, but he isn't in the host nation's squad for the men's soccer tournament, which runs from 24 July to 10 August.

Madrid sent a letter to the French Football Federation a month ago stating they would not give permission for their French stars to take part.

Clubs are under no obligation from FIFA, soccer's world governing body, to release their players for the event.

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Mbappé is expected to be given a full-on 'galáctico' unveiling at a packed Bernabéu.

However, that might not be for a little while: he's currently on France duty, preparing for Euro 2024. If Les Bleus reach the final on 14 July - and there's every chance they might - he'll be tied up for the next six weeks.

My colleagues Marco Ruiz and Roddy Cons have the lowdown on possible dates for his presentation in the Spanish capital.

 

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Wikipedia announces Mbappé

Earlier, the Spanish TV show 'El Chiringuito' noticed that Kylian Mbappé was already listed as a Real Madrid player on his Spanish-language Wikipedia profile. That now appears to have been changed back... for the time being, at least.

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When exactly will Real Madrid announce Mbappé?

According to the Spanish soccer journalist Josep Pedrerol, Real Madrid are preparing to confirm Kylian Mbappé's signing today at around 7pm local time. In the US, that's 1pm ET/10am PT.

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Mbappé already learning Spanish

Aside from helping Kylian Mbappé out with his house-hunt, AS understands that Sergio Ramos has been advising the striker on several other aspects of life in Spain. One area that the Frenchman already has well under control, however, is the language.

He has been learning Spanish for some time now, and in interviews given to Spain’s media has demonstrated an impressive level of fluency.

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Clairefontaine-en-yvelines (France), 03/06/2024.- French soccer player Kylian Mbappe waits for the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron for a lunch at their training camp ahead of the UEFA Euro 2024, in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, France, 03 June 2024. (Francia) EFE/EPA/SARAH MEYSSONNIER / POOL MAXPPP OUT

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Mbappé house-hunting in Madrid

Ahead of his expected move to Spain, Mbappé has been busy preparing for life in Madrid - and may end up buying a house off the LaLiga giants’ former captain, Sergio Ramos.

AS understands that the striker plans to acquire one of at least two houses that Ramos owns in La Moraleja, an upmarket area of Madrid that is home to a number of soccer stars based in the city.

My colleague Sergio López de Vicente has the full story.

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Mbappé made his last league appearance for PSG on 12 May, two days after announcing his end-of-season departure.

In a 3-1 home defeat to Toulouse, he scored his 256th and final goal for the Parisians, who had already clinched the title.

Speaking before that game, PSG boss Luis Enrique admitted it was "clear" what the departing striker's next move would be.

"He is a club legend, he has given everything for the club and the club has given him everything," Luis Enrique told reporters. "I wish him well. He hasn’t said where he’s going yet, but I think it’s quite clear." 

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Mbappé not only racked up the goals in his time in Paris. He also piled up a fat wad of cash - particularly after turning down Real Madrid in 2022 and signing bumper new terms at PSG.

As my colleague Will Gittins explains in this article, that contract included a monthly wage of €6 million ($6.5 million)

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What were Mbappé's PSG stats?

Having joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco in 2017, initially on loan, Mbappé went on to register 256 goals and 108 assists in 308 appearances for the Parisians.

His trophy haul at PSG includes six Ligue 1 triumphs - but zero Champions Leagues.

The closest he and PSG came to finally getting their hands on that coveted trophy was in 2020, when a goal by former player Kingsley Coman saw Bayern Munich beat the Frenchmen in the final in Lisbon.

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Mbappé set for LaLiga after "great honour" of playing for PSG

In a video message announcing his PSG departure on 10 May, Mbappé told the team's fans: "There are lots of emotions, many years where I have had great honour to be a member of the biggest club in France, one of the best in the world.

"[PSG] has allowed me to arrive here, to have my first experience at a club with a lot of pressure, to grow as a player and play alongside some of the best in history."

Check out Mbappé's PSG farewell message in full.

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Mbappé announced PSG exit last month

It has been something of an open secret for a while now that Mbappé is Madrid-bound this summer.

We've already known for a few weeks that the 25-year-old won't be at Paris Saint-Germain next season. After seven years at the Parc des Princes, he confirmed in early May that he would be leaving the Ligue 1 champions on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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Kylian Mbappé reveals when Real Madrid signing will be announced to Emmanuel Macron

This newspaper reported this morning that Mbappé's move to Madrid is expected to be announced by tomorrow.

And the player himself appears to have confirmed to French president Emmanuel Macron that today is the big day.

In a video shared by the French media outlet RMC Sport, Mbappé can be heard talking to Macron as the president visited the French national team's pre-Euro 2024 camp today. Their conversation went as follows:

- Macron: “Kylian, how are you? Are you in good shape?”

- Mbappé: “I’m good”.

- Macron: “Is it today that it’s going to be announced?”

- Mbappé: “Tonight, tonight”.

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Welcome!

Hello! Two years after Kylian Mbappé passed up the chance to join Real Madrid on a free transfer, it appears that the France striker is finally about to do just that. Los Blancos' announcement of his signing is thought to be imminent.

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