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Date and location set for Real Madrid to lift the La Liga title

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This past Saturday saw Real Madrid being confirmed as the champions of La Liga for the 2023/24 season.

The Merengues’ 3-0 win over Cadiz at the Santiago Bernabeu, followed by Barcelona’s 2-4 defeat to Girona confirmed the coronation of Carlo Ancelotti’s men as the new champions of Spain.

There were no grand celebrations, though, with the dressing room focused on the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

When will Real Madrid receive the La Liga trophy?

Now, MARCA has brought forward an important update regarding the Spanish Football Federation’s plans to hand Real Madrid the La Liga trophy.

As per the report, Los Blancos will receive the league championship cup in Granada and not at the Santiago Bernabeu, in front of their fans this weekend.

Indeed, Real Madrid will be handed the La Liga trophy on Saturday, 11 May, when they face Granada away at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes – the RFEF has decided.

It means that Real Madrid will lift the league crown 431 kilometres away from their home ground.

Real Madrid will receive the La Liga trophy at Granada’s home. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

It has not yet been decided whether the presentation will take place before or after the match, something that has to be handled tactfully because after that game Granada could be relegated to the second division.

Unprecedented decision

For Real Madrid to receive the trophy on a ground away from their home stadium on a date when they are already champions is unprecedented in La Liga.

To date, all the champions have lifted the title at home, except for the teams that won the title as visitors on away grounds.

Real Madrid will celebrate the league title on Sunday in the streets of Madrid. The players will board an open-top bus and visit the headquarters of the Community of Madrid and the City Hall before ending up at Cibeles.

There will be no party at the Bernabéu, which has concerts all weekend, although the club is confident that the big meeting between fans and players will take place this Wednesday after Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich.

The Merengues are dreaming of reaching the final and turning the night of 8 May into a party to celebrate the league title and the Champions League final.

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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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