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Real Madrid never had doubts about handing Carlo Ancelotti a new contract

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Real Madrid has officially prolonged the union with the seasoned tactician, Carlo Ancelotti, who has committed his future with Los Blancos until 2026.

After constant speculation over his future, Madridistas can take a sigh of relief knowing the four-time Champions League winner is here to stay. As the ink on the contract dries, a sense of stability permeates the Spanish capital.

While the Brazilian federation kept knocking on Ancelotti’s door, their offers went unanswered as the Italian’s first choice priority was to continue writing history in Madrid.

And with Ancelotti’s excellent work this campaign kept in mind, Real Madrid never doubted extending his stay.

Real Madrid harboured no uncertainties

Indeed, according to MARCA there were no doubts at any time at Real Madrid regarding Ancelotti’s renewal.

Everyone has been waiting for an agreement between the coach and the president to be reached since December 15.

In the end, the extension was reached without a single dispute in Madrid to part with their coach, who also enjoys the backing of every member of the locker room, including the veteran and younger members of the squad.

After winning the Copa del Rey last season, Real Madrid are now enjoying a first-place position in the La Liga points table at the halfway point of the campaign. They also made it to the Champions League Round of 16 unbeaten.

Going nowhere. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The achievement looks even more impressive considering the unlucky hand Madrid have been dealt with injuries.

In charge for the foreseeable future

Now, entrusted to lead the project forward, Ancelotti will be aiming to continue lifting trophies and developing players, two aspects he has invariably excelled at throughout his career.

After bringing the best out of Vinicius and Rodrygo, the 64-year-old has also extracted Jude Bellingham’s goalscoring prowess this season with a role that caters to his strengths perfectly.

Soon, he will be working closely with Arda Guler once he is fully fit to feature in games. Brazilian prodigy Endrick will also be under his supervision from next summer.

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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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