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‘Hope to win more trophies’ – Real Madrid talisman dreams of more success with club and country

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It has been a memorable week for Jude Bellingham as he helped Real Madrid defeat Manchester City and Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga, respectively.

It was followed by a special accolade for the 20-year-old as he won the Laureus World Sports Award for the Breakthrough of the Year for 2024 on Monday.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season in Spain since joining Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2024.

Now seen as one of the talismanic figures for Real Madrid, Bellingham has already won the Spanish Super Cup this season, and is on track to lift the La Liga title while the Champions League is also within the grasp.

But the youngster dreams of achieving more success with Real Madrid and the England national team.

“I’m exhausted but I’m also happy with what I’m experiencing and I hope to keep creating more memories at Real Madrid,” he said at a press conference after winning the award.

Bellingham with the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images)

“I also hope to win more trophies because this season we are still in with a chance of winning with my club and with England, but that takes a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifice,” Bellingham added.

“Being surrounded by inspirational people has been really exciting for me,” Bellingham further remarked, having already won the Golden Boy and the Kopa Trophy honours this season.

The England international also spoke about the responsibility he feels as a sportsman to show good behaviour both on and off the pitch.

“It’s important for sportsmen to enjoy these sports. When you are popular you have to have a responsibility to the next generation. I take it seriously, but I want to help people when I can because other people have given me the opportunity before,” he concluded.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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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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