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Celebration plans set – Real Madrid at Cibeles this Sunday, trophy showcase against Betis on finale

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Real Madrid’s efforts in La Liga bore fruit yesterday as they were officially crowned league champions.

With Real Madrid getting a headstart by defeating Cadiz and Barcelona losing all three points to Girona, the Merengues secured victory in La Liga with four games still left to spare.

This comes at an incredibly opportune time for Real Madrid considering they can fully divert their attention to the Champions League semi-final affair against Bayern Munich.

Celebrations will commence soon

And now according to Miguel Ángel Díaz Real Madrid are set to mark their La Liga victory with a grand celebration at the iconic Cibeles fountain in Madrid on Sunday.

This traditional gathering spot is where the team and their fans have often rejoiced over the years, with players draping a Real Madrid scarf around the statue of the goddess Cibeles.

Real Madrid produced an excellent display against Cadiz last night (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The report additionally argues that after the public celebrations in Cibeles, the celebrations will carry over to the Santiago Bernabeu on the last matchday of the season, when Real Madrid takes on Real Betis.

Real Madrid will play Real Betis at the end of the month on the 26th of May, which means they will have a chance to seal their celebrations with a memorable victory in front of their home crowd.

All eyes on encounter against Bayern Munich

With the second leg against Bayern Munich set to be played midweek on Wednesday, Los Blancos would be hoping to secure victory there not to dampen the mood.

One of the protagonists from Real Madrid’s win over Cadiz, Brahim Diaz, highlighted that the team has not lost focus ahead of this crucial game, treating it as another final.

“This is Real Madrid. We always want to win all the titles, and on Wednesday we have another final. We will try until the end because we have to try to win,” he proclaimed.

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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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