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Barcelona staff spied on Real Madrid during 5-3 win vs Atletico in Super Cup semi-finals

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Real Madrid played an incredible game against Atletico Madrid last night in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup, beating their inter-city rival 5-3 to qualify for the final.

While it’s one thing that the match was overshadowed by blistering performances, individual brilliance, controversies and whatnot, SPORT has mentioned that Barcelona actually spied on Real Madrid by sending club officials to the Al Awwal Park in Riyadh.

Amidst the 25,000 spectators present at the venue, there were three Barcelona delegates. Those were the three key figures from Xavi’s coaching team. 

The renowned Trident, comprised of Toni Lobo, David Prats, and Sergio García, keenly observed every aspect of the match, focusing on analyzing the potential opponent in a prospective final. 

These three analysts consistently accompany the team, with Prats and García tasked with examining the rival team, while Lobo primarily focuses on evaluating Barcelona’s performance.

Real Madrid played at home

Real Madrid had fantastic support at Al Awwal Park. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

All the 25,000 seats at Al Awwal Park, where Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr team plays, were sold out for the Madrid Derby. 

It seemed as if the game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid was played in a mini Santiago Bernabeu, and the local fans, mostly supporting Real Madrid, were not disappointed.

There were only a few Atletico Madrid fans, around a dozen sitting on one side of the stadium. Four fans had come all the way from Madrid hoping to explore the world and witness their team’s victory. 

Furthermore, there were also Real Madrid fans from other countries, including around fifty from Oman. These fans are part of the Peña Madridista of Oman, a group with about 1,500 members who come together to watch Real Madrid’s matches.

Amidst all this, though, a certain Toni Kroos didn’t get cheers because he spoke against the growing popularity of the sport in Saudi Arabia, and people certainly did not like that.

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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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