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Almeria manager warns Real Madrid ahead of La Liga clash: “They’re going to face a complicated match”

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Real Madrid will be eager to get back to winning ways when they face off against La Liga strugglers UD Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow.

The Merengues were handed a 4-2 defeat by local rivals Atletico Madrid earlier this week, which sent them packing from the Copa del Rey.

And in the aftermath of the elimination, Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be eager to bounce back and produce a strong reaction.

Almeria will not make it easy

However, Almeria manager Gaizka Garitano has warned Real Madrid that his team will make things very complicated for them at the Bernabeu tomorrow.

Even though they are rooted to the bottom of the league table, Almeria managed to hold leaders Girona to a goalless draw last weekend.

And, Garitano insisted that they will look to make things difficult for Real Madrid, even though he acknowledged that the Merengues are one of the best teams in the world.

“They are one of the best teams in the world, but we are going with the maximum hope. We’re not going to hold anything back because we need to win,” Garitano said.

“We’re ready to compete against any team, although we know Real Madrid’s superiority at their ground. I’m sure they’re going to face a very complicated game.”

When asked what would be the key for his team to come away with a positive result against Ancelotti’s side, the Almeria boss stated that they must stop Real Madrid from converting their chances.

“If we want to get a good result we have to play a great game and make sure they don’t have their day in front of goal. That they don’t have their day in terms of scoring because they create a lot of chances,” he remarked.

“We’ve already shown against these types of teams that we’re capable of putting in a great performance, as we did against Atlético and Barcelona. We came close to equalising.”

Finally, when quizzed if Real Madrid’s fixture pile-up and schedule ends up playing in Almeria’s hand, Garitano replied:

“I don’t take into account that Real Madrid have played a lot of games in a week, because the players’ recovery processes are quicker. They are used to playing Sunday-Wednesday, something we are not used to. We are expecting a good Real Madrid.”

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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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