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Injury update: Real Madrid key midfielder expected to return after Christmas break for Mallorca clash



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Real Madrid have been handed major boost on Christmas today as a report from MARCA claims that Eduardo Camavinga will be back immediately after the break and will play against Mallorca on 3rd January.

The Frenchman picked up an injury while on international duty with France in mid-November. While initially considered a knock, more tests confirmed that the injury was serious, and the player would be out until early February.

His recovery has gone very well, as was confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti himself. The player has already returned to training on the pitch, and will join team training this break to face off against Mallorca.

Madrid have already been handed a blessing with Aurelien Tchouameni’s quick recovery, who was initially predicted to be sidelined until mid-January himself.

Camavinga’s return is a huge blessing for Madrid, who have been dealing with several injuries this season, most recently an ACL to David Alaba, which has ruled him out for the rest of the season, and possibly the 2024 European Championship.

And while Camavinga cannot play as a centre-back, he can cover Tchouameni’s defensive midfield position with ease if his compatriot is asked to play in defence.

Moreover, with Ferland Mendy suffering constant injuries, Ancelotti would be delighted to have the 21-year-old cover as a left-back when push comes to shove.

Either way, at a time when Madrid are crying out loud for squad depth and quantity, anyone returning from an injury is a welcome return. Next up will be Vinicius Jr, who should make his return in time for the Spanish Super Cup in Riyadh.

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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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