Former handball champion, Fayza Lamari the mother of Kylian Mbapp, architect of the maxi renewal a year ago and now of the impuntata to bring her son from PSG to Real Madrid
Bulky, severe, powerful. Indeed, the most powerful of all women in the world of football. Even more than Rafaela Pimenta, who inherited Mino Raiola's empire.
Fayza Lamari, the mother of Kylian Mbapp, the most feared woman of all in a world where males are the masters. It is rumored that compared to her, Rabiot's equally bulky mother, Vronique, is nothing. The housewife Mbapp, separated from her husband but still on good terms with her ex-wife precisely to co-manage the career of the PSG striker (who has a contract expiring on June 30, 2024), handles all sorts of child arrangements. And she - former handball champion of the Algerian national team, 48 years old - to advise him in every choice and who knows how they will have studied the sensational separation at the table, there is no talk of anything else these days, with the club of president Nasser Al Khelaifi, one who likes to command rather than be commanded. And for this reason that their tug of war is defined as a clash of the titans. Nobody wants to lose this match.
So on the one hand Fayza Lamari is working to bring Mbapp to Real Madrid (if on a free transfer, even better); on the other, the Parisian club gave the attacker an ultimatum with the threat of keeping him out of the squad (and the first step was not to call him up, along with other excluded players, for the Japanese-Korean tour). Last summer, she and Mbapp spoke with the Blancos, trying to figure out if an agreement could be found, and then veering towards a maxi renewal of 40 million euros with the Parisians.
If someone like Jorge Mendes (or at the time someone like Mino Raiola) had found such an agreement, it would have been defined as a masterpiece. But Fayza Lamari doesn't look at all this and carries on, taking care of the best - exclusively - the interests of the child. The Athletic he tells an anecdote, which makes us understand what this woman is made of. In the summer of 2011, a 12-year-old Mbapp, who was starting to cause a stir in the AS Bondy academy, was invited to a Chelsea tryout. He had been recommended by Daniel Boga (Jeremie's father), who had been a scout for the Blues. I was talking to dad at first, Boga revealed. But then her mother arrived and when it happened I realized that she was in control of everything. It was she who spoke to the club. Dad was no longer talking. very calm and relaxed. Mother like fire: bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam!.
So Jim Fraser, now head of youth development at Chelsea, explained to Mbapp's parents that although they were impressed by his talent, they wanted to see him back in his job off the ball. Boga, acting as interpreter, explained this to his parents and the mother, always her, gets furious: No, we won't be back, translate. When you come back for him in five years' time, £50m will be needed. A sign of how fiery she is. But done so, take it or leave it. Ed will do anything for her Kylian. He and Haaland will steal the show for the next decade, now that the sporting rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is over.
July 23, 2023 (change July 23, 2023 | 11:37 am)
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