Kylian Mbappe joins Real Madrid on free transfer 

Real Madrid have announced the signing of France International Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer, the club revealed on Monday.

Following the expiration of his contract, the 25-year-old departs Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain after a seven-year career, which started with a season-long loan move from Monaco in 2017.

Mbappe signs a five-year contract with Madrid reportedly worth around £12.8 million (€15m) a year and he is expected to receive a signing-on bonus of just over £85 million from the reigning Spanish and European champions.

Los Blancos revealed the news of Mbappe’s transfer with a statement which read: “Real Madrid CF and Kylian Mbappe have reached an agreement whereby he will be a Real Madrid player for the next five seasons.”

Mbappe, however, announced the transfer on his official social media platforms with pictures of his young self in a Real Madrid kit alongside his hero and former Los Blancos forward Cristiano Ronaldo, as he expressed his delight at getting the move to his “dream club”.

The post read: “A dream come true. So happy and proud to join the club of my dreams, Real Madrid.

“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 French forward leaves PSG as the club’s all-time top scorer with 256 goals and 108 assists in 308 appearances, winning 15 titles, including six Ligue 1 titles and four Coupe de France trophies.

Mbappe’s blockbuster move to Madrid comes just days after the Spanish heavyweight was crowned European champions after they beat Borussia Dortmund to claim a record-extending 15th Champions League title.

Madrid has yet to reveal which jersey number the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner will wear during his time at the infamous Santiago Bernabeu, with his favourites No. 7 and No. 10 currently worn by Vinicius Junior and the legendary Luka Modric.

With the speculations surrounding his future now settled, Mbappe will turn his attention to the upcoming European Championship in Germany, where he will be hoping to lead France to their first title in 24 years.

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