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19-year-old Real Madrid academy prodigy certain to have a first-team spot next season – report

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Even though Real Madrid’s La Fabrica academy produces a plethora of young talent with potential, the transition to the first-team setup is not always easy due to the competition for places at the elite level.

But every once in a while there is a talent that does manage to break through the barrier, with Nico Paz proving to be one such player.

One of the most highly-regarded young prospects at the club, the 19-year-old has made his senior breakthrough in the ongoing campaign.

Nico Paz will have a first-team spot next season

Even though young Nico Paz is seeing more and more exposure with the Real Madrid first team under Carlo Ancelotti of late, he remains a Castilla player for all intents and purposes.

But, MARCA is reporting that when the next season comes rolling, the Argentine midfield prodigy will be a first-team player for certain.

Nico Paz made his senior bow for Real Madrid last month when he came on as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League clash against SC Braga.

Since then, he has featured in each of Los Blancos’ matches in all competitions, and even opened his goalscoring account as well, with a stunning strike against Napoli.

The injuries to players like Eduardo Camavinga, Arda Guler, and Luka Modric have opened the window of opportunity for the Argentine this season. But he continues to essay a key role for Castilla, having netted seven goals in 11 league appearances for Raul’s side.

However, come next season, Nico Paz will be a first-team player through and through, which does not come as a surprise considering that he is held in very high regard at the club.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

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Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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