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Injury update: Real Madrid defender continues training alone ahead of Copa del Rey clash

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Real Madrid resumed their campaign after the two-week Christmas break last night as they secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over RC Mallorca.

It was a much-needed win for Los Blancos as it allowed them to continue as the league leaders in Spain, ahead of Girona even though the two teams are level on points.

But the work does not stop for Carlo Ancelotti and his men as they are set to face minnows Arandina in the Copa del Rey clash later this weekend.

Ferland Mendy still not back in group training

As such, Real Madrid players were back at the Valdebebas training facility today to start preparations for the upcoming cup tie, which will be a true David vs Goliath affair.

And while Ancelotti had the services of most of his players, Ferland Mendy was still not a part of the group, as reported by Guillermo Rai.

The Frenchman picked up yet another injury when Madrid hosted Villarreal, and was substituted off in their 4-1 win for Fran Garcia. The Spaniard went to provide the assist for Brahim Diaz’s goal, taking his tally up to four for the season in the league.

Mendy should have reason to worry given Garcia’s form, who has proven his worth in the limited minutes he has played with los blancos this season.

And while Ancelotti still prefers Mendy as the first-choice, that may not be the case starting next season as Madrid push to sign a left-back.

Operation Alphonso

With the left-back market scarce and low in terms of quality and quantity, Real Madrid are pushing to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Canadian is out of a contract in 2025, and is excited about the chance to join Madrid this summer, as per previous reports.

Bayern will definitely try to convince him to sign an extension, but it seems unlikely that they will be able to convince him to not join Madrid.

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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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