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Real Madrid legend will retire at the club, has not taken decision over renewal yet – report

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Toni Kroos’ announcement of his return to the German National Team may just be the gift the world of football requires.

The Real Madrid star was vacillating over his decision for a long time in recent months, but he put all speculation to bed with an official announcement on his social media earlier today.

The German will thus participate with Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the upcoming Euros in what comes as a big boost to the host team.

After all, Kroos is still one of the best in the business and the only drawback one can find from his decision is its possible implications on his performance with Real Madrid.

One step ahead

As revealed by Jose Felix Diaz, however, Kroos has his priorities set and it is clear that he places Real Madrid first.

In fact, the player informed the club and Carlo Ancelotti of his decision to return to the international scene first, immediately after communicating his decision to the German manager.

As part of his message to the club, Kroos made it clear that nothing would impact his commitment to dedication towards the Real Madrid crest. In fact, his future is also independent of his latest decision.

For the manager, Kroos is essential not only in the current season but also in the one to come. After all, the player has been phenomenal in his quality this campaign and is a regular starter despite the new talents on the fore.

The story of his future

Kroos’ contract with Real Madrid ends in the current summer and the decision over his renewal will depend on his feelings at the end of the season – both in terms of fitness and contributions.

What is clear, as conveyed by the Spanish journalist, is that Real Madrid will be his final club. His club career will end at the biggest club in the world, and his only next step will be complete retirement.

As for his future on the international stage, Kroos has not decided if he will continue with the German side after the European Championships. Needless to say, it could well depend on how the team fares in the event.

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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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