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24-year-old Real Madrid star enjoying his rich vein of form: “I’m in a great moment”



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After a slow start to the season, Brahim Diaz has been growing in stature at Real Madrid in recent months.

The 24-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder returned to the club in the summer after a three-year loan stint at AC Milan but found game-time extremely hard to come by.

However, an injury to Vinicius Jr. came as a blessing in disguise for the former Manchester City ace, who got an extended run in the team in the past couple of months and he made the most of it.

Diaz has racked up a total of six goals and three assists in all competitions this term, with a large majority of his goal contributions coming since December.

In fact, the versatile attacking midfielder was even named Real Madrid’s Player of the Month for December 2023 as well.

Diaz happy with current form

Now, speaking to the club’s official media channel, Diaz reflected on his purple patch, admitting that he was going through a great spell, while also insisting that he can get even better.

“I’m in a great moment and we have to keep it up. I know the player I am and I know I can still give much more. I’m happy with what I’m doing, but I’ll be happier with what I’m going to do,” he said.

Crediting the dressing room atmosphere for his success, Diaz added: “We have an incredible dressing room, where we help each other and we are a family. We support the one who needs support and give love to the one who needs it. It’s unique.

“I am very grateful for the dressing room we have and for how easy it is to be with these great teammates, with these stars, in this great club and the love I receive every day.”

On performance vs Atletico Madrid

Brahim was on target for Real Madrid last night as well, as they beat Atletico Madrid 5-3 in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final.

Discussing his goal, which he fired into an open net from a distance, Diaz said: “It’s a throw-in. They’re all up top and I see that I can score. I’m a quick player and I run towards the ball. I see that I can win the race, I win it and I finish very well.

“To finish the way I did makes it even more incredible. It wasn’t easy because I move at quite a high speed, but at that moment I made it easy.”

Brahim scored a fine goal vs Atletico. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Real Madrid attacking midfielder also praised his teammate Joselu who not only set up Diaz’s goal, but also scored one himself last night.

“He sees that I’m going into space and he puts it where he has to put it. Joselu is an incredible player, a good person and yesterday he scored a goal and made an assist. Not bad,” he remarked.

On his physical condition

Earlier today, reports emerged claiming that Brahim Diaz’s shoulder is in very bad condition and he was forcing himself to play through the pain barrier.

However, the 24-year-old insisted that he was in fine shape physically, saying: “I’m very well and physically we are incredibly well, and ready for every minute. That’s very important and it shows that we are all well trained, very well prepared, physically and mentally.”

“We work a lot on our physical condition. With what happened to my shoulder, I’ve been able to work even more on my upper body. We have a very good staff, who tell you what you have to do and indicate what is best for each of us,” he further stated.

Finally, reflecting on how his stint at Real Madrid was going after his return, Diaz insisted: “I come from great seasons at a great club. I am more experienced and eager, hungry to win titles and give my best for the best club in the world.”

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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.

A complete breakdown

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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