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Official: Real Madrid defender successfully undergoes surgery after ACL rupture

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After rupturing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during the game against Villarreal on Saturday, Real Madrid defender has successfully undergone surgery today the club has confirmed officially.

“Our player David Alaba underwent successful surgery today on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee under the supervision of the Real Madrid Medical Services,” the statement from Real Madrid read.

“Alaba will begin his recovery process in the coming days.”

The Austrian international has been a permanent fixture in the Real Madrid defence ever since he joined the club in 2021.

With Eder Militao having already been sidelined with an ACL injury this season, Alaba’s importance had only grown further this season.

But the former Bayern Munich defender is done for the 2023/24 campaign, given the long-term recovery needed following an ACL injury and surgery.

In fact, it is even believed that Alaba is unlikely to make it in time for the UEFA Euro 2024 next summer.

As for Real Madrid, they are bound to feel the absence of Alaba in the squad, but are reportedly not planning on signing a new defender in January to replace him.

Instead, manager Carlo Ancelotti will bank on Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez as his first-choice options while Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Carvajal, and Ferland Mendy will serve as emergency options.

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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.

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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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