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‘It seems easy’ – Vinicius reacts to Real Madrid beating Manchester City



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Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr. has said that qualifying for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League now seems too easy for the team.

“Here we go among the 4 best teams in Europe!!! Once again!!! It seems easy,” wrote the forward on his social media after Real Madrid beat Manchester City 4-3 on penalties.

A nigh of salvation was on the cards as Real Madrid looked to avenge the defeat of the previous season against the champions of England. Although things looked bleak for the record European champions, they held their nerves.

Ultimately, after managing to hold City, the game was forced into penalties where Andriy Lunin denied Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva to send his side through to the last four.

Vinicius picked up a knock

During the added minutes, Vinicius succumbed to the toll of physical exertion after completing a gruelling 50-meter dash, clashing head-to-head with Kyle Walker. 

The Brazilian collapsed onto the ground as his body signalled its limits. With a hand on his thigh, he signalled for a substitution, a move already in the works as Lucas Vazquez was poised to enter the field as soon as the ball went out. 

It was in the 101st minute that Vinicius reached his breaking point. A promising long ball made him dash forward, engaging in a fierce battle with the English full-back as they approached the penalty area, only to find all avenues blocked. 

That final burst of energy pushed Vinicius to his brink, resulting in a collapse from sheer exhaustion.

Walker and Ederson approached, expressing concern for their fellow professional. In a graceful display of sportsmanship, they assisted him to his feet before he made his way to the bench. 

Meanwhile, medical staff attended to the Brazilian star as his pointed gestures indicated discomfort in his thigh—whether from strain or fatigue remains to be seen. 

With a pivotal match against Barcelona looming on Sunday at the Bernabeu, the outcome remains uncertain.

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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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