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Injury update: Ferland Mendy ruled out of Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Benzema still a doubt

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El Chiringuito has provided a fitness update on three Real Madrid players – Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, and Rodrygo. The trio went off injured in their 0-3 win over RCD Mallorca, and were labelled a doubt for the El Clasico next weekend.

The report states that Mendy has, indeed, been ruled out. He will be unavailable for the next 10-15 days, and could be replaced by either Marcelo or Nacho Fernandez in the starting XI against Barcelona.

Benzema, meanwhile, could still make the cut. Madrid are cautious about his injury and will do their best to get him fit in time for the game. The decision could still go either way, though.

Finally, Rodrygo has been deemed fit for the game, and will accompany the rest of the team for the clash. He could even get the nod to start over Marco Asensio on the right-wing, given his work-rate.

Barcelona’s defence has been picking up form as of late. While they have kept just four clean sheets in the last ten games, each of their opponents has found it difficult to create chances with Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo in fine form.

As such, the presence of Benzema becomes imperative. As the top scorer and assist provider in the league this season, the Frenchman could single-handedly prove to be the difference for Madrid.

If he’s unavailable, though, Carlo Ancelotti could likely rely on the services of one of Gareth Bale, Luke Jovic, or even Marco Asensio as a striker. Eden Hazard will be in the mix as well, but it’s unlikely that he starts uptop.

The coming days will clear up the situation a bit more for the capital outfit, but as it stands, they have been depleted severely.

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Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report

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According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.

It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.

Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.

At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after

Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights

As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.

How can Real Madrid pull this off?

Kylian Mbappe is close to joining Real Madrid. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.

At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.

Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.

Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.

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