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Dani Carvajal reacts after Real Madrid 5-3 Atletico Madrid: “With this system, I have more freedom”

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Daniel Carvajal was, by far, Real Madrid’s best player against Atletico Madrid last night. Playing with everything on the line in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup, he was absolutely unplayable down the team’s right flank.

In 90 minutes, the 31-year-old scored one goal, provided two assists and provided four key passes for Los Blancos. Further, he was involved in a staggering 18 defensive actions on the night.

Speaking about his performance on the night, the veteran right-back revealed that a large part of the credit falls to the team’s system that enables him to express himself freely.

“My calf muscles were getting worse, but I told the coach to be patient because I was going to recover. Then I gave the pass to Joselu. With this system, I have more freedom to reach the rival area.”

“Today it showed with the 3-3 draw coming from the back and I also managed to get in some good crosses,” he added.

The clash against Atletico Madrid was one of Carvajal’s best-ever individual performances. Interestingly, Thursday also happens to be his birthday, leaving fans with a script that the performance was a perfect birthday gift.

“I’m enjoying my birthday and there’s no better way to celebrate it. When we have reached extra time, I thought let’s see if I put a ball in my brother-in-law and he puts it in. And that’s how it has been,” Carvajal said about the same, reminiscing his connection with Joselu.

“I am very happy for him and he is giving us a lot. He has 10 goals this season. I also want to congratulate the others who have entered from the bench because they have contributed a lot,” he added on the striker.

A win in the final on Sunday would be the perfect cherry on Real Madrid’s season so far as it would bring home the first title of the campaign. Carvajal stressed the same in his press conference.

“I was pretty accurate in front of goal and I’m happy to be through to the final. We have another title on the horizon and we will try to win it. The team that goes through I hope they don’t beat us so we can be champions.”

Commenting on the electric atmosphere on the night in Saudi Arabia, the overwhelming support and the result that followed, the Spanish defender said,

“I’m happy for the goal and it’s special for me. The fans have been great and today there were more Madrid fans. Other years they have been further away because of the athletics track. Today the atmosphere was spectacular and I want to thank everyone who supported us.”

Carvajal also took a moment to give his analysis of the squad, their strengths and weaknesses and the forecast for the final.

“We try to live the day-to-day. That famous game by game. The team is in good dynamics. We had been conceding a few goals, but today we let in three. In the offensive phase, we have been very good.”

“We focus on the next game and then the Cup match will come. We have a very good squad, with players who are eating the world and it is proving itself,” he added.

Finally, the man of the moment spoke about the roller-coaster ride he has endured at Real Madrid and how he always finds the fortitude to pull through the bad times.

“It’s been many years with this shirt and you can’t always be at the highest level. I’ve had my ups and downs like any football player, but the important thing is to overcome when things are not going well.

“I want to thank all the people I support and my family so that I can continue to enjoy each game with this shield.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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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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