Real Madrid: the Ethan Mbappé case seriously challenges Spain


By: Manu Tournoux

Among the Mbappé family, football is everyone’s business. The father, Wilfrid, was a trainer for many years at Bondy. He was also a TV consultant during the 2022 World Cup. The mother, Fayza Lamari, is a former handball player. But she notably launched a consulting agency for footballers. His sons, Kylian (25 years old) and Ethan (17 years old) are among his clients. In recent months, she has had to manage the thorny KM7 case. At the end of his contract, the 2018 world champion finally decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain in order to realize his dream at Real Madrid. Quickly, many wondered about Ethan. This was the case with the Parisian players who asked him if he too was going to leave like his elder.

A very surprising recruitment

But the community born in 2006 was clear: “no, I’m a Titi, I’m staying at PSG!” Except that the situation quickly changed. According to information fromEl Chiringuito, the player, who scored 5 goals and delivered 3 assists this season with the U19s, could accompany his brother to the Spanish capital. Indeed, KM7 would have asked the Merengues to also recruit his brother, whose contract at PSG also ends next June. Information that caused a stir in France and Spain. On the other side of the Pyrenees, we are asking questions about Ethan Mbappé. Journalist for A.S.Andrés Onrubia does not really believe in the arrival of the youngest of the siblings in Madrid.

“I think Ethan Mbappé is not going to go to Real Madrid. To my knowledge, PSG is negotiating a new contract for Kylian’s younger brother, and he wants to stay in Paris. In principle, Kylian’s transfer is not linked to Ethan’s. (…) For me, and I don’t think he’s a bad player, Ethan Mbappé is currently 17 years old and does not have the level to start or play regularly for PSG, nor for Real Madrid. I highly doubt that Kylian and his mother, Fayza Lamari, would have made one of the biggest transfers in football history contingent on Ethan’s arrival. If that happens, I’ll be surprised. I know he wants to succeed at PSG, but anything can happen in football.

We can’t imagine him breaking through in Madrid

An arrival in Madrid is therefore not impossible but unlikely if you listen to him. There, many only know the Frenchman by name or in relation to his elder. Some have never even seen him play. This is the case of Sergi Santos, whom we contacted. Journalist for Relevohe does not necessarily view the arrival of the 17-year-old player negatively. “If Kylian Mbappé wants his brother to play for Madrid, there will be no problem. In the past, all of Zinedine Zidane’s children went through La Cantera. Given his age, he would a priori go with Juvenil A. Real Madrid Castilla has a high level, so it seems difficult at the start for him. An opinion that Juan Carlos Navarro, journalist for

“It seems clear that Real Madrid will not sign Ethan just because he is Kylian’s brother. I think that initially he will play reserve and if he succeeds he might have the opportunity to make his debut with the first team. But it seems complicated to me.” What is certain is that his case does not unleash passions on the other side of the Pyrenees listening to Andrés Onrubia. “We don’t talk much about Ethan in Spain. It’s true that he stood out during his Ligue 1 debut against Metz in December, but there aren’t many references regarding the young Mbappé. We know that he is Kylian’s brother. But here, they (people, editor’s note) don’t follow him like Kylian. Far from there.” Which is rather good news for young Ethan Mbappé.

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