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Real Madrid defensive mainstay not training due to overload ahead of Barcelona clash

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In over 24 hours, Real Madrid will lock horns with their arch-rivals FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A win on Sunday night would all but confirm Carlo Ancelotti’s men as La Liga champions as they would stretch their lead atop the table to 11 points.

However, heading into the big game, there appear to be a few fitness concerns for Los Blancos.

Dani Carvajal did not train with the rest of the team on Friday having pulled up with cramps during the Manchester City game earlier in the week, although he is expected to be ready for tomorrow.

Now another player is not participating in the training session just a day away from the match.

Ferland Mendy absent

Indeed, as per journalist Guillermo Rai, Real Madrid defensive mainstay Ferland Mendy is not participating in training with the team today due to an overload in his left leg.

Mendy, 28, has been a permanent fixture in the defensive line for Los Blancos, with manager Ancelotti trusting the Frenchman due to the solidity and security he brings to the table.

Ferland Mendy not in training today. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Even though there were a few games early in the season when he appeared to have lost his place to Fran Garcia, Mendy has fought his way back into the team and is a regular starter.

As such, his absence from training just a day away from the Clasico is a matter of concern for the Merengues.

However, the update from Guillermo Rai states that Real Madrid are not ruling out the Frenchman from the game against Barcelona as of yet.

So, it remains to be seen if he makes a recovery in time for tomorrow’s clash or if Fran Garcia gets his Clasico debut at the Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, the journalist also confirmed that Carvajal was back in training and as was Thibaut Courtois, even though the latter is unlikely to play this season.

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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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