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Mbappe 'already forgotten' after Madrid's Champions League triumph

Vinicius Junior netted the only goal in a 1-0 win, showing the sort of firepower Madrid still possess even without Mbappe

29 May 2022, Spain, Madrid: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez waves as he arrives for Real Madrid's Champions League 2022 victory celebration at La Almudena Cathedral, after defeating Liverpool in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final soccer match, which took place at the Stade de France in Paris. Photo: Ricardo Rubio/EUROPA PRESS/dpa.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez waves as he arrives for victory celebration at La Almudena Cathedrals. Photo: Ricardo Rubio/dpa.

Florentino Perez claimed he had "already forgotten" Real Madrid's failed pursuit of Kylian Mbappe after watching his side beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Mbappe was widely expected to join Madrid when his Paris Saint-Germain contract expired this year.

But the World Cup winner had a change of heart last week and instead committed to a new three-year deal in Paris.

Rather than have Mbappe come to Madrid, Madrid came to him on Saturday, visiting the French capital for another Champions League final and another triumph, winning their 14th European crown and making it eight successive victories when reaching the competition's final.

Vinicius Junior netted the only goal in a 1-0 win, showing the sort of firepower Madrid still possess even without Mbappe.

And president Perez vowed the LaLiga and European champions will continue to chase the world's best players after their transfer disappointment.

'A perfect season'

"Mbappe is already forgotten," he told Movistar. "We have had a perfect season and we will continue to work to get the best players."

Madrid already have one of the best around in goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who made a record nine Champions League final saves to keep Mohamed Salah and Liverpool at bay.

"Thibaut has had a spectacular season," Perez said of the Belgian.

"He is the best goalkeeper in the world, and that's why we brought him to Real Madrid."

Mbappe 'already forgotten' after Madrid's Champions League triumph
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