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Injured Real Madrid superstar’s return timeline has been shortened, could be back for Super Cup

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Real Madrid have coasted through their injury crisis this season with relative ease. The team has indeed been inflicted with several short and long-term blows to key players along the course of the season, yet, the overwhelming bench strength has come to good use for Carlo Ancelotti.

The manager recovered the services of Aurelien Tchouameni for the final games of 2023 and announced in his press conference that the likes of Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga and Arda Guler were close to a complete return.

MARCA provides an update on the situation of the Brazilian winger.

Objective Super Cup

As revealed by the Spanish outlet, Vinicius is still eyeing a return at the Spanish Super Cup slated to take place in Riyadh next month.

The initial prognosis of his injury did not paint a pretty picture, but he has hit his recovery deadlines earlier than expected.

His good genetics and work ethic, MARCA adds, are the key factors that have enabled a speedy recovery. He began training on the grasses of Valdebebas earlier this month and is on the cusp of a return less than two months after his muscular lesion.

The Brazilian could thus make his first appearance of 2024 against Atletico Madrid on the 10th of January at Al-Awwal Park if everything goes to plan.

Working with no break

The team is currently on a well-deserved Christmas break after a hectic year, recuperating and preparing for the gruelling schedule to come. Yet, the hiatus has not stopped the likes of Vinicius and Camavinga from pushing through their recoveries.

The Real Madrid duo are currently enjoying their Christmas holidays together in the United States. However, they are concurrently using the facilities of LA Galaxy in Los Angeles to stay in shape and continue their fight for fitness.

Needless to say, their work ethic and drive to return on the field is admirable and a quality that will enable them to touch the stars.

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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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