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Real Madrid icon still on the fence about renewal, club eager to offer new contract

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After seemingly endless murmurs about Real Madrid icon Toni Kroos’ contract situation last season, the theme appears to be repeating this season as the German has once again not yet given a definitive verdict on his future.

With terms that bind him until June 30, 2024, Kroos will be free to hang up his boots and close his illustrious chapter at the end of the season.

But given the quality of football he proceeds to display, his club nor his national team are in favour of that reality materializing.

Real Madrid will renew Kroos with their eyes closed

Indeed, as per MARCA, Real Madrid will not hesitate to renew Toni Kroos’ contract.

Kroos has been enjoying a great season thus far, with the midfield maestro pulling the strings in the center of the park, and proving to be one of the primary figures who has softened the blow of the injury crisis.

Due to his dominant performances this campaign, experience at the club, and mentality which undoubtedly rubs off onto others, the Merengues would be eager to have him stay longer.

However, the issue is that the 33-year-old has not made a decision about his future yet; instead, he wants to assess his performance this season and decide in the upcoming months.

Fearing he may end up losing prominence in the starting XI next season and receive the same kind of bench role Marcelo had in his final season, Kroos is on the fence about a renewal.

Even so, there is ample time before any conclusions can be drawn and the player will be focusing on winning trophies for the time being, aiming to triumph in La Liga, where they are currently in first place.

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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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