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Injured Real Madrid duo working hard during holiday to return early

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After a brief hiatus, Real Madrid will be looking to safeguard their first position in the La Liga title race as well as begin their journey in the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.

While injuries have drained the squad considerably, the Merengues are expected to reclaim two of their biggest assets soon after the Christmas Break, Vinicius Jr. and Eduardo Camavinga.

The duo suffered injuries in the recent international break. Camavinga sustained a torn knee ligament, while Vinicius had been diagnosed with a tear in his left femoral bicep.

However, their return edges closer with AS shedding light on their eagerness to return on an immediate basis.

Putting in the hours

Even though they have a week off, Vinicius and Camavinga are putting in the hours to ensure a quick return.

Both players are making sure to continue their recuperation work at the Los Angeles Galaxy team’s facilities, with the pair training both indoors and outdoors.

Camavinga works out with his physical trainer, Thomas Serafin, completing circuits of both aerobic and anaerobic exercises as well as touching the ball.

Meanwhile, Vinicius is engaging in speed series in an effort to return to Real Madrid’s group training sessions as soon as possible.

The Brazilian was initially ruled out for two and a half months, but he has progressed remarkably during his recovery process.

Even so, Real Madrid have previously urged Vinicius not to rush his recovery, as medical staff feels that if he returns earlier than expected, he may experience problems later on.

Both Vinicius and Camavinga will face a race against time to get fit for the Spanish Super Cup semifinal against Atletico Madrid on January 10.

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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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