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Arda Guler set to play extra minutes in the absence of Vinicius – report

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Real Madrid ran riot against Osasuna yesterday with the Merengues dominantly solidifying their position as league leaders.

With just nine more matches left in La Liga, the onus is on Real Madrid to maintain their consistency and keep their eyes on the prize to secure the coveted league title.

However, with a 10-point lead over Girona, Los Blancos are liberated to tinker with their starting XI and start thinking about the future prospects of the team.

And increased involvement for Arda Guler is likely to be on the agenda to strengthen the squad depth.

Guler’s time to shine may be arriving

After replacing Vinicius Jr. against Alaves, Guler showcased his flashes of brilliance, most notably striking the woodwork from the halfway line in the 93rd minute of the game.

With Vinicius all set to miss Real Madrid’s next game against Athletic Club owing to suspension, Defensa Central has come out to report that there is a strong likelihood of Guler’s participation increasing from hereon.

Indeed, the Turkish sensation is poised to play at least 20-30 minutes against the Basque side if the game goes according to plan.

Moreover, not only does Real Madrid possess an advantage in the points table, but they will host the game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Immediately after playing Athletic Club, Real Madrid will lock horns with Manchester City in the Champions League, and minutes for Guler on that occasion appear more unlikely.

Nonetheless, the forthcoming encounter in La Liga presents the ideal opportunity for the 19-year-old to demonstrate his abilities on a bigger stage and establish himself as a vital member of the squad, possibly earning great roles in pivotal games as the season goes on.

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

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Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

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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