MADRID, Spain, May 24 – Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro said on Tuesday that the club would continue to succeed without Kylian Mbappe after the striker decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
Madrid were desperate to sign Mbappe when his contract expired in the summer, but the striker rejected a move to Spain, opting instead to sign a new three-year contract with PSG.
“This club is not about players, this club is about history,” Casemiro said on Tuesday.
“Players can score certain times like Alfredo di Stefano, Cristiano (Ronaldo), but this club will continue to win, because the players are very important, but what wins is the club. The fans may be sad, but with what we have this club will continue to win. »
Mbappe scored against Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 this season and was cheered on by home fans at the Santiago Bernabeu in March.
“He’s a great player, who made us work hard in both games,” said Casemiro.
“The second thing is respect. If he made this decision, we have to respect it, we have to realize that he made this decision with his family and we can no longer speak of a player who does not belong to Real Madrid.
“We wish him the best in his life, not against Madrid, but hopefully he will be happy where he is.”
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says Real Madrid players have ‘signed off’ from RECASTS over Mbappe speculation.
“Day to day, we don’t read everything that comes out,” Courtois said.
“At the end of the day, everyone decides what’s best for their career and their life, but I think there’s nothing more beautiful than playing for Real Madrid.”
– Ancelotti ‘respects’ –
Carlo Ancelotti was previously asked if the hype surrounding Mbappe could affect his players as Real Madrid seek to defeat Liverpool in the Champions League on Saturday and win a 14th European Cup.
“It’s pretty clear to us what we have to think about,” Ancelotti told a news conference.
“We never talked about players from other clubs. We have total respect for everyone, we respect the decisions they make and we respect other clubs.
“We have to do our job and it’s pretty clear what we have to think about, which is the final.”
Ancelotti was reluctant to discuss Mbappe. When asked if he was personally disappointed with the 23-year-old’s decision, he replied: “I understand that you have to do your job but I never talk about players who don’t belong to Madrid and I won’t do it.”
Real Madrid won La Liga last month with four games remaining while Liverpool were propelled to the Premier League title by Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool have already won the FA Cup and League Cup this season but have been hit by a handful of injuries this month, with Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho both struggling to be fit for the final.
Mohamed Salah, who suffered a groin injury, and Virgil van Dijk, who suffered a knee problem, both started on the bench against Wolves on Sunday, with Salah coming on in the second half.
Ancelotti said all his players were in ‘good condition’ while Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard both trained at Valdebebas on Tuesday.
Hazard and Bale have been on the sidelines of the first team all season but Ancelotti has said they could play against Liverpool.
“Hazard is training well, he can play the final, Bale can play too, everyone is motivated,” Ancelotti said.
“The feeling at the moment is to enjoy, to prepare well, at the moment we are calm and happy. As we get closer to the game there will be all the other things, nerves, everything to normal.
“Today there is just a lot of motivation to play in another final.”