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Real Madrid and Ancelotti consider 23-year-old midfielder to be ‘indispensable’

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Aurelien Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid as the Merengues’ long-term successor in the defensive midfield. The plan was clear – develop the Frenchman as Casemiro’s second before throwing him into the deep end.

The plan collapsed soon after, however, when Casemiro left the club for Manchester United. Tchouameni was suddenly the team’s first-choice pivot across all competitions with the limelight on him.

Yet, he did not collapse under pressure. He instead took the opportunity with both hands and established himself as a key member of the team, and to this day is untouchable in Carlo Ancelotti’s dynamics.

The one fixed cog

As revealed in AS‘s recent report, Ancelotti considers Tchouameni to be indispensable in his plans.

The player’s recent performances after an injury hiatus have reestablished his status as a bonafide starter and El Clasico was the perfect example of why Los Blancos trust the player so much.

Against the Blaugranas, Tchouameni stood out as a special presence in midfield. In 90 minutes on the night, he completed 91% of his passes, provided one key pass and completed a staggering 15 defensive actions.

Further, he boasted of an accuracy of 66% with long balls and duels won.

The management maintains complete faith in his abilities for the season ahead and see him as one for the long haul. Needless to say, the youngster is still far from his best version at this tender age.

The added responsibility

Having lost David Alaba to a long-term injury after Eder Militao, Real Madrid were initially tempted to sign a new defender this winter. After all, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are the manager’s only fit central defensive options.

Yet, the management opted against signing a new player after much deliberation and Tchouameni was one of the primary reasons for the same.

Carlo Ancelotti has complete faith in the Frenchman to cover in central defence if the need arises and has planned the next six months of the team’s defence with Tchouameni as a reliable backup.

The added responsibility is indeed a challenge, but not one the player will fear given his experience in covering in central defence.

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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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