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Ancelotti ecstatic over Real Madrid’s La Liga win after overcoming problems – ‘It was difficult’



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Speaking to TNT Sports, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he is really happy with the club’s La Liga title triumph after having had to overcome many problems this season.

Real Madrid sealed the La Liga title last week following their win over Cadiz and Barcelona’s slip-up against Girona. The Merengues will be handed the trophy officially this Sunday.

It has not been an easy road for Real Madrid, considering that they were without two of their most important players in Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba through injuries for most of the season.

Furthermore, the likes of Vinicius Jr., Arda Guler, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni also spent significant time out on the sidelines.

As such, Ancelotti feels that the win feels special after having overcome all the hurdles.

“I’m really satisfied to win La Liga, because it was difficult. We’ve had a lot of problems and we were able to solve these problems with a fantastic commitment by the players. We’re really happy for this,” he said.

Ancelotti & co. have already won two trophies this season. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Stating that the club’s future is in safe hands with the current squad, the Italian tactician added:

“We have a young squad and I think that the future will be really good for us. It’s a good connection between the ability, the experience, the history and tradition of the club. There’s a good connection.”

On the UCL

Now, Real Madrid have a great chance to make it to the finals of the UEFA Champions League when they face Bayern Munich in the semi-final second leg later tonight.

Looking forward to the tie against his former employers, Ancelotti said: “Bayern have a good team, really good. [They are] Fantastic in transition. They have a striker really with quality, really dangerous. We could play better, we try to play better.”

On the prospect of making it to another UCL final, the Real Madrid boss said: “The final of the Champions League is the best game, where you want to be. I would like to be in another final.”

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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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