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Mbappe alarm: Real Madrid forward breaks his nose during Euro clash

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France began their UEFA Euro 2024 journey on Monday night, as they registered a hard-fought 1-0 win over Austria in Dusseldorf.

The victory came courtesy of an own goal from Maximilian Wober, who turned the ball into his own net trying to deal with a cutback from Real Madrid new signing Kylian Mbappe.

The captain of the France team had a couple of chances to increase the lead but was unable to take them before suffering an injury scare.

After a collision with an Austrian defender in the second half, Mbappe went down clutching his face and as it turned out, the Real Madrid forward had suffered a broken nose.

The 25-year-old was taken to a hospital soon after he was taken off and there was talk about him potentially undergoing surgery to address the issue.

Mbappe fractured his nose against Austria. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

However, after examination at the hospital, it was decided that Mbappe did not require surgery.

Confirming the same, the French Football Federation issued a statement saying (h/t Madrid Zone):

“Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose during the second part of the Austria-France held this Monday in Düsseldorf”. The captain of France was treated first by the medical staff and Dr. Franck Le Gall, who diagnosed him with a nose fracture

“Mbappe will receive treatment in the next few days, but he will not undergo surgery in the immediate future. A mask will be made for him so that the No. 10 of the French national team can prepare for his return to the competition after a period dedicated to treatment.”

However, there will be no risks taken with the French superstar and as such, he is expected to miss Les Bleus’ next game against Netherlands and return to face Poland on June 25.

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Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal ready to make Real Madrid veteran the highest-paid defender – report

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A month ago, whispers began to circulate about Real Madrid’s star defender, Antonio Rudiger, drawing attention from Saudi Arabian football clubs. Initially, Rudiger appeared uninterested in the potential move. 

However, recent reports from SPORT reveal that he has now received multiple offers from the Middle East, notably from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, and these offers are lucrative enough to make him the highest-paid defender globally.

Currently, Real Madrid have no intention of parting ways with Rudiger. The player, in turn, seems content to stay with the Spanish giants. 

This mutual desire to remain united is understandable, especially given the circumstances of the past season. 

Injuries to key defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba left a significant void in Real Madrid’s defence, which Rudiger admirably filled. Despite being 31 years old, Rudiger’s exceptional performance last season has only increased his value.

Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal want Rudiger

Al-Nassr, a team that boasts stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic, and Sadio Mane, is reportedly keen on adding Rudiger to their ranks. 

They currently have Aymeric Laporte as their primary defensive asset, but the dream of strengthening their defence with Rudiger is strong. 

Antonio Rudiger has no interest in leaving Real Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The idea is to pair Rudiger with Laporte, creating a formidable defensive duo. The financial offer on the table for Rudiger is astronomical, designed to tempt him into forming a top-tier defensive partnership.

Similarly, Al-Hilal, are also in the hunt. Their goal is to bolster a defence that already features standout players like Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. 

If Rudiger were to join Al-Hilal, he would be in the company of notable talents such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, Renan Lodi, and Bono.

Real Madrid and Rudiger are uninterested

Despite these enticing offers, Real Madrid remain firm in their decision not to sell Rudiger. The player himself is not inclined to leave La Liga. 

The departure of Nacho to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadsiah and the uncertain physical conditions of Alaba and Militao are pivotal reasons why Real Madrid are unwilling to consider letting go of their most dependable centre-back.

While the Saudi Arabian league is likely to continue its efforts to persuade all parties involved that Rudiger’s transfer would be mutually beneficial, the reality is that such an operation appears highly improbable. 

Rudiger’s value to Real Madrid, coupled with his own commitment to the club, makes any potential move a complex and unlikely scenario.

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