It has been a difficult week for Paris Saint-Germain. The French champions were rocked by speculations suggesting Kylian Mbappe’s desire to leave the club in January amid disagreements with the board.
It was followed by Mediapart’s investigative report on PSG’s use of a “digital army” called Digital Big Brother to launch a smear campaign against Mbappe back in 2019.
The attacker, at the time, had made headlines after revealing updates on his future. He suggested that his future could lie elsewhere, which had put PSG under a lot of pressure to keep hold of the attacker.
According to the Mediapart report, PSG had subsequently launched a smear campaign against the Frenchman online. He was not the only target either, with the club allegedly targeting his compatriot Adrien Rabiot and several other players and media outlets.
In light of these allegations, RMC Sport has conducted an interview with a sports lawyer, who suggests Mbappe could be in a position to terminate his contract at PSG if the allegations against the club are proven.
“Professional players are bound to their club by a fixed-term employment contract, recalls the lawyer. This type of contract can only be broken in specific cases such as serious misconduct. For example, it has been retained in cases of physical, verbal violence or abuse of freedom of expression,” says Tatiana Vessine, a sports lawyer.
“If it were proven and attributable to the employer, therefore the club, it would in my opinion be serious enough to justify a breach of contract,” she added.
The ability to terminate the contract could prove to be quite significant, not only for Mbappe but also for Real Madrid, who have been eyeing a move for the Frenchman for quite some time now.
The Whites were heavily linked with a move for the former AS Monaco starlet in the summer. But the player opted to remain at PSG, subsequently signing a bumper contract extension.
However, with Mbappe’s future at PSG once again coming under the microscope, links to Real Madrid have surfaced yet again, with reports claiming that the 23-year-old wants a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the French international in the coming months.
Ancelotti talks Kroos, Modric, Bellingham, Vinicius ahead of Atletico vs Real Madrid
After escaping with a narrow 1-0 win against Union Berlin in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid face a tough task this weekend as they travel to the other side of the Spanish capital to face their old pals Atletico Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have put in several solid offensive performances through the season so far, but have found it difficult to finish chances, often relying on Jude Bellingham to rescue the game in the last moments.
Their task will be much tougher against an Atletico side that is winless in two games and looking to get back up on the curb.
On them, Ancelotti commented, “Tomorrow’s game is an important one. Atletico Madrid area a strong rival. We can’t wait to play.”
Injury updates: Vinicius, Guler, Bellingham
Vinicius Jr has missed the last three games due to injury, but will be evaluated today to decide his participation tomorrow.
“He will be in the squad for tomorrow’s game,” Ancelotti updated the press. “We will decide tomorrow if he starts or not.”
He also said, “Vinicius has 100% recovered. Zero risks. He would not be in the squad for the game tomorrow, otherwise. We will see tomorrow.”
“He has not played for weeks, so he obviously lacks rhythm.”
As far as Arda Guler is concerned, the Turkish midfielder is yet to make his debut for the club, but is expected to join team training as early as Monday.
“Arda will start training with the team on Monday.”
Jude Bellingham left Madrid training early yesterday, which sounded some alarm bells at the club. However, Ancelotti confirmed that he will be playing tomorrow, and that there was no reason to panic.
“Jude Bellingham will play tomorrow.”
“I would not cry if he did not play. We have other players [laughs],” he joked.
Kroos, Modric, and rotations
Real Madrid have a star-studded squad, which means legendary midfielders such as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are often left out of the starting lineup. The duo are reportedly unhappy with their role.
Ancelotti was asked about this, to which he replied, “It hurts to leave them on the bench. But only them, Valverde, Tchouameni, too. It’s always hard to leave a player on the bench.”
“They understand it because the competition is very high. I understand that a player comes out sad when he is substituted. But I do it to make the player more active.”
El Clasico vs Madrid Derby
Ancelotti was also asked to compare the Madrid derby to El Clasico, and which one he preferred more.
“There is no difference. We like to prepare for matches like these, to be champions, because there is a special tension. There is excitement and we want to win and be champions.”
“The Madrid derby is always a special game. A lot of quality between two rivals. Atletico played very well against Lazio,” he added.