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Real Madrid midfielder ‘one of the five best in football history’, claims Granada star

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Real Madrid prepares to face off against Granada today with aspirations of defending their first-place position in La Liga.

The season has gone incredibly well for the Merengues, despite dealing with a barrage of unexpected injuries.

Toni Kroos has been a major reason behind Madrid’s dominance this season, and Granada’s Gonzalo Villar, who will shortly share a pitch with him, has acknowledged the German maestro’s excellence.

High praise

The Granada midfielder, Gonzalo Villar, named Toni Kroos one of the best five midfielders in history.

“For me, Kroos is one of the five best midfielders in history. I am still below him. But he is a great player for me,” Villar said in an interview with AS.

Having joined Real Madrid in 2014, the 33-year-old has marked an era in the Spanish capital and is now, unsurprisingly, a role model for other players plying their trade in his position.

Both Villar and Kroos have racked up five goal contributions each season, and the Granada midfielder will be looking to get the better of Kroos on this occasion.

Commenting on the clash

When asked what the keys are to overcoming Real Madrid, the 25-year-old emphasized organization and being clinical.

“We must be an organized team and strong defensively. We may not have many opportunities, but we have to be effective and take advantage of them,” he said.

Speaking on the fact that he will be playing at the Bernabeu, Villar stated it was a venue he immensely relished playing at.

“Playing at the Bernabéu is different from anywhere else. For me, this is the stadium that I liked, along with Milan, and it is the place that impressed me the most and the place that I enjoyed playing in the most since I became a professional. It is something amazing, he expressed.

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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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