Real Madrid produced one of the greatest comebacks in recent years when they overturned a two-goal deficit in the second half to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate, effectively knocking them out of Europe’s elite competition.
Karim Benzema delivered a performance for the ages, scoring a second-half hat-trick that even drew praises from Barcelona veteran Dani Alves.
On the flip side, the defeat has put the PSG players and the coach Mauricio Pochettino under further scrutiny. After yet again failing to land the Champions League title, it won’t be surprising to see Pochettino, as well as a few other squad members being laid off in the summer.
In a shocking report from reputed journalist Romain Molina, it appears not all of PSG’s staff members are unhappy with the club’s elimination from the Champions League.
Many employees are, in fact, delighted with PSG’s elimination, which is indicative of a dysfunctional environment at the club. Molina went on to reveal that the employees are treated horribly, and some even get spat on by President Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s entourage.
Molina added in his report, stating: “If PSG fans knew 5% of what goes on in their club, not one person would go to Parc Des Princes anymore.”
The toxic environment at PSG is not only restricted to staff members as even some of the players are unhappy with the management, including coach Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo Araujo.
The list could potentially include Kylian Mbappe, who has been subjected to a summer move to Santiago Bernabeu. Given the PSG’s elimination from the Champions League, it will, no doubt, significantly increase Real Madrid’s chances of snapping up the Frenchman in a free transfer later this summer.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.