La Liga came to a halt earlier this week due to the impending FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The Spanish top flight will resume in late December around ten days after the finals of the tournament.
In between that teams will continue to prepare for the second half of the campaign with the players that will not be participating in the World Cup.
As for Real Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has given a vacation to the players who will not be travelling to Qatar and will reconvene training on December 1.
Following that the stars who will return from the World Cup will be integrated into training after a ten-day vacation for them.
And in order to prepare properly for the second half of the season, Real Madrid are now looking to arrange a friendly encounter in December and are searching for an opposition to do so, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona are already in talks with Arsenal to arrange a friendly encounter in December at the Emirates Stadium. And the reigning champions will also likely follow suit as they look for a suitable opposition.
Los Blancos will resume their campaign with a tie against Real Valladolid either on December 30 or 31 and want to play one friendly as part of preparations for that game before that.
The match could be played behind closed doors at the club’s Valdebebas training facilities.
Even though the Merengues started the season like a house on fire, things did not end all too well for them ahead of the World Cup break.
A few missteps in La Liga meant that Ancelotti’s side are trailing Barça by two points and will need to hit the ground running when the campaign resumes. So, playing a friendly match to get the players back in tune would be a good move.
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.
It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.
At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after
Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights.
As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.
How can Real Madrid pull this off?
As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.
At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.
Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.