In a major boost for Chelsea, caretaker manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that the trio of Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva are all fit and ready to face Real Madrid.
Chelsea take on Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. And they have received a massive boost with the availability of three important players for the contest on Wednesday night.
“They’re all fit. The three players you mentioned are good and they’re here,” Lampard said in his pre-match presser (h/t Football.london).
Kante has endured an injury-riddled campaign so far and is yet to play a single game in the Champions League this season. The veteran midfielder only returned to action earlier this month, but was again dropped for the Premier League clash vs Wolves this past weekend.
However, the Frenchman is fully fit and ready for the game against Real Madrid, Lampard has confirmed.
As for Silva, the veteran centre-back had been sidelined since mid-February after picking up a knee injury against Tottenham. The Brazilian only returned to training this past Monday but has been passed fit enough to travel to Madrid for tomorrow’s clash.
Mount, meanwhile, has also been out for a significant time due to an abdominal issue. The England star had returned to training in the past couple of weeks and had been named on the bench for two games.
But, ahead of the match against Wolves last weekend, there was a minor relapse in injury, which cast doubts over his involvement. But, now, he is said to have fully recovered and is fit to face Carlo Ancelotti’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu.
During the presser, Lampard also spoke highly of Real Madrid’s veteran trio of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, hailing them for their longevity.
“I’ve got huge respect for the team, my biggest respect for the team and the success, it’s for the players with longevity. Benzema, Modric, Kroos. To appreciate what it takes and to be the leaders of the group – huge admiration for them,” he said.
Lampard also spoke about former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid last summer, saying: “I think Toni Rudiger has done fantastically well. When I last saw him as Everton manager, I wished him well as the Madrid move was going to happen.
“Antonio Rudiger played a lot for me but our story ended and his continued. Good luck to him and good luck to any player that works as hard as Toni to get to Chelsea and Real Madrid.”
Looking forward to the tie, he added: “Are Real Madrid favourites? Yes. There’s no better carrot in football and trying to prove people wrong. That’s a nice challenge. Football is pressure and if you can’t handle it, you’re not a big club or big player.”
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.
It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.
At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after
Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights.
As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.
How can Real Madrid pull this off?
As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.
At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.
Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.