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Real Madrid captain facing an uncertain future at the club – report

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Real Madrid boast of one of Europe’s best defensive records this season despite facing a host of injury woes. Antonio Rudiger has been the leader in defence this term, but captain Nacho Fernandez has also been an integral part of the back line and its success.

The veteran was close to leaving the club last season keeping his reduced prominence in mind. In the end, he extended his stay by one year and was rewarded with what he desired most, but his future is once again in a cloud of doubt.

Departure on the cards

According to reports from AS, there are doubts over Nacho’s continuity at the club beyond this summer.

The player is aware that his importance this season is down to Eder Militao’s injury and he thus wonders if he will enjoy the same prominence next season.

As an extremely competitive player, Nacho does not wish to spend his final playing years on the sidelines.

Inter Milan were interested in signing him last summer, and it is clear that there will be a host of clubs eying him once more if he makes himself available.

The summer signing

Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and Nacho Fernandez are the core of Real Madrid’s backline. With all players on the wrong side of 30, however, there is an urgent need to rope in a younger name for the long haul.

The offices at Valdebebas hope to make the key recruitment in the summer of 2024. Leny Yoro, Antonio Silva, and Goncalo Inacio have all been linked with moves to Real Madrid and it is almost certain that one big signing will be made in defence.

Needless to say, the addition of a new direct competitor will also serve as a factor that influences Nacho’s decision.

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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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