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‘Combining it with a Barça defeat was doubly good’ – Kroos on Real Madrid’s La Liga title win

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The possibility of making history in the Champions League by securing yet another trophy for their extensive collection might have eclipsed Real Madrid’s domestic achievements.

Success in the Champions League understandably garners the most attention as the competition is considered the pinnacle of club football.

However, the Merengues’ consistent dominance in La Liga serves as a testament to the club’s quality and consistency throughout the campaign.

And their victory in La Liga is made even more impressive by the fact that they sealed the title with a fair amount of games still left to spare.

Toni Kroos recently joined his brother Felix on their podcast “Einfach mal Luppen” to discuss his experiences during the weekend when Real Madrid clinched the La Liga title.

Barcelona defeat was the cherry on top

Barcelona’s unexpected 4-2 loss to Girona sealed the deal for Real Madrid, who had defeated Cadiz 3-0 a few hours ago to win the title.

While Kroos appreciated that Barcelona’s loss contributed to Real Madrid’s victory, he had conflicting emotions about celebrating the trophy at home as opposed to on the pitch.

“We won our game and, when Barcelona went 2-1 up, I was going to go home, but everyone told me to stay. 5 minutes later they lost 4-2. We were all eating hot dogs. Not leaving was a great decision,” he said (h/t AS).

Kroos delighted with La Liga triumph. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

“It was pretty crazy because Girona could also have taken a 7-2 lead. We celebrated a little bit, but not too much either,” the German midfielder added.

Kroos highlighted the effort required to win La Liga and felt proud of the title, despite it being predictable, which reduced some of the excitement.

Still, the 34-year-old found the combination of Real Madrid’s win and Barcelona’s loss to be a source of extra satisfaction.

“It is once again the feeling of having achieved something great. However, the season was so clear that he took some of the emotion out of it at the end.

“I’m very happy to have achieved it, in the end you make all those trips over the course of a year and you keep returning home late. You do everything for the sole objective of being champions.

“It is clear that, if I had been able to paint it, I would have preferred not to experience it in front of a TV. But it doesn’t matter, combining it with a Barça defeat was doubly good. Hence we accepted it as it happened,” he remarked.

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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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