Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has said that the La Liga champions will keep winning despite Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Kylian Mbappe’s snub. The star player urged everyone to respect Mbappe’s decision but dismissed suggestions that it was a big blow for Los Blancos.
“This club is not about players, this club is about history,” said Casemiro on Tuesday.
“Players can mark 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 both legs of the Champions League last 16 this season and was applauded by the home fans at the Santiago Bernabeu in March.
“He is a great player, who made us work hard in both games,” Casemiro said.
“The second thing is respect. If he has made that decision, we have to respect it, we have to realise that he has made that decision with his family and we can no longer talk about 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.”
“On a day to day basis, we are not reading everything that comes out,” said Courtois.
“In the end everyone decides what’s best for their career and life but I think there is nothing more beautiful than playing for Real Madrid.”
Carlo Ancelotti had earlier been asked if the hype surrounding Mbappe could affect his players as Real Madrid look to defeat Liverpool in the Champions League on Saturday and win a 14th European Cup.
“It’s quite clear for us what we have to think about,” Ancelotti said in a press conference.
“We have never talked about players from other clubs. We have total respect for everyone, we respect the decisions they take and we respect other clubs.
“We have to do our jobs and it’s quite clear what we have to think about, which is the final.”