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Real Madrid signs France captain Mbappe on free transfer 


French soccer player Kylian Mbappe is photographed at the national soccer team training center in Clairefontaine, west of Paris, June 3, 2024 ahead of the UEFA Euro 2024. (Pool/AP)
French soccer player Kylian Mbappe is photographed at the national soccer team training center in Clairefontaine, west of Paris, June 3, 2024 ahead of the UEFA Euro 2024. (Pool/AP)

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

"Real Madrid C. F. 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.

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.

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 favorites Vinicius Jr. and Jude Bellingham, led by Italian Carlo Ancelotti, the most successful coach in Champions League history with five titles.

Although Mbappe won several trophies at PSG, often completing domestic doubles and trebles, the Champions League has eluded him and remains the only major honor left to complete his sparkling resume.

Mbappe leaves PSG after seven years at the club where he won six Ligue 1 titles and four French Cups, finishing his career in the capital as the club's all-time top scorer with 256 goals.

The 2018 World Cup winner surprised PSG last year when he sent a letter stating he would not take up the option of a one-year contract extension when it expires in June.

The letter led to a standoff with the club and Mbappe was omitted from the first-team squad before being reinstated.

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