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Real Madrid plan ‘mini pre-season’ to help key player recover form before UCL final

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Jude Bellingham’s decline in the second half of the ongoing season has been alarming and conspicuous.

After an explosive start to life in Spain, the youngster has considerably slowed down both in terms of numbers and his presence on the field, raising concerns over his situation at the club.

The Real Madrid administration, however, are not surprised over the development as they always saw it to be coming given the player’s zeal.

Jorge Picon (h/t RM4Arab) now reveals the club’s diagnosis of the situation and their plan of action.

What went wrong?

As revealed by the journalist, Bellingham is a player who simply refuses to rest or give up. The youngster wishes to take part in every minute the team plays, and his zeal for the same has led to him being overworked.

Having played too many games and physically far from his best, nothing has stopped Bellingham be it his knee pain, shoulder dislocation or the various muscle overloads he has in his body.

Not at his best of late. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The report adds that the youngster even cuts a fatigued and dull figure in the dressing room owing to the workload. Yet, he refuses to sit out and insists that he plays every game.

A part of the blame, needless to say, falls on the management for throwing him into the deep end with a position he is not accustomed to on the field. Forced to adjust, Bellingham has often gone overboard with his effort on the field.

The plan ahead

The Real Madrid staff realise that Bellingham is in dire need of rejuvenation, both on a physical and mental front. Ancelotti and Co. have thus devised a new formula to bring him to his best in time for the UEFA Champions League final.

The plan forward, thus, is to create a ‘mini pre-season’ for Bellingham in terms of his minutes. He will be used just enough to stay in rhythm but rested sufficiently to give his body time to heal.

Special emphasis will be placed on the midfielder’s physiotherapy, nutrition, rest and fitness and his minutes for every game will be decided based on his sensations.

The only hurdle, however, is to convince the player to take a step back. The onus is thus now on Ancelotti to explain to Bellingham that reaching his best version for the UCL final, at this point in the season, is the best way forward.

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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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