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Real Madrid fants chanting ‘Laporta stay, Xavi stay’ in Madrid

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Real Madrid may have not celebrated their recent La Liga triumph on the streets but that did not stop Madridista from taking the streets and taking a sweet jibe at Barcelona, Joan Laporta and Xavi.

After the Los Blancos were crowned champions, Real Madrid fans were heard chanting “Laporta stay, Xavi stay!” in the city of Madrid. As if that was not enough, even Girona fans chanted; “Xavi Stay”.

An unusual title celebration for Real Madrid

We reported yesterday that Real Madrid decided to stay calm about the outcome of the Cadiz match. 

The team from the Spanish capital decided to postpone any title celebration to next weekend because the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final looms over Wednesday. 

The celebration at Cibeles was unlike any other: there were no players present, traffic continued as usual, and the fountain was occasionally lit in a surprising blue. 

Real Madrid fans celebrated the title triumph on the streets. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

This atypical celebration may have seemed unusual, but sometimes the most memorable events are those that break from tradition. 

There will be a parade next weekend

Real Madrid’s 36th league title will be remembered as a singular experience, with around 10,000 fans creating an atmosphere that set the stage for the official festivities next Sunday, complete with a parade, a stage, and the trophy itself.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s informal celebration will be remembered for its unconventional nature, showcasing the dedication of the fans even without the players’ presence. 

Ancelotti had promised the team would not make the trip, and none of the players were seen in their personal cars.

Despite the lack of player involvement, the spirit of the event remained strong, as fans cheered on with chants of “Champions!” and “How could I not love you?” 

They even took the opportunity to send messages to their longstanding rivals, including repeated calls of “Stay, Xavi!” 

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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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