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Real Madrid handed injury boost as key defender could return for Alaves clash

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Real Madrid have been hit hard by injuries during the ongoing campaign, with the Merengues losing a number of key problems to fitness issues throughout.

The latest addition to the list was veteran defender Dani Carvajal, who sustained a calf injury during the victory over Granada a little over a week ago.

It was soon reported that the Spanish international would be unable to play again in 2023 and that the objective was for him to return for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid next month.

Good news for Real Madrid

But it appears that Carvajal may very well be able to play again before 2023 comes to an end.

Indeed, as per journalist Rodra P, the 31-year-old’s recovery from the calf injury is going very well, and as such, he could be ready in time to face Deportivo Alaves in what will be Real Madrid’s last game of 2023.

The right-back, one of the most outstanding players of the season for Los Blancos, no longer feels pain in his soleus and his sensations are very good.

As a result, the player does not rule out the last game of the year against Alaves on December 21.

Set for an early return. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

In any case, Carvajal will be ready for Real Madrid’s first game of 2024, against Mallorca on January 3 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Injuries letting up

Things seem to be improving for Real Madrid on the injury front of late. Only earlier today, Aurelien Tchouameni confirmed that he will be resuming group training tomorrow, which could put him in the fray for the weekend’s Villarreal clash.

Arda Guler is also understood to have recovered from his ailment while Carvajal is also making substantial progress.

Vinicius Jr., Eduardo Camavinga, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois are the long-term absentees at the moment.

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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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