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Just in: Real Madrid defender will not play again in 2023, aims to return for the Spanish Super Cup

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In yet another setback, Real Madrid will not be able to count on defender Dani Carvajal for the remainder of 2023 after he suffered an injury this past weekend.

The 31-year-old right-back has been a permanent fixture in the backline for Los Blancos this term and was in brilliant form throughout.

However, he had to be taken off at half-time during Saturday’s clash against Granada due to some discomfort he felt.

It was later revealed that Carvajal had suffered an injury to his calf and that he would undergo tests today.

Out for the remainder of 2023

Now, journalist Jose Luis Sanchez is reporting that Carvajal is out with a calf injury in his left leg and the right-back will not play again for the rest of 2023.

The idea is for the Spanish international to now make a return in time for Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup tie in Saudi Arabia on January 10.

This comes as a bitter blow for Carlo Ancelotti & co. who are already dealing with the absence of several top first-team players.

Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr. and Arda Guler are all on the sidelines already, with Carvajal also now joining them.

The 31-year-old has played 17 matches in all competitions this term, scoring and assisting two goals apiece.

He is now expected to miss matches against Real Betis, Union Berlin, Villarreal, Alaves, and Mallorca before Los Blancos face Atletico in the Super Cup semi-finals.

Ancelotti’s options at right-back

With Carvajal now ruled out, Real Madrid will look for alternatives within the squad to shore up the right-back position.

Lucas Vazquez is the obvious choice for manager Ancelotti, but the Real Madrid boss can also turn to someone like Nacho Fernandez, who has previously played as a right-back.

Vinicius Tobias could also be an option, with Ancelotti already having called up a number of players from the Castilla squad to the first team this season.

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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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