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Real Madrid superstar’s extension still 50/50 despite initial reports

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Real Madrid’s midfield maestros, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, face uncertain futures as their contracts wind down.

Despite both players being prominent members of the first team, their renewals will be far from a walk in the park, as far as Real Madrid are concerned.

Kroos to choose a different path?

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has offered a rather grim update on Real Madrid’s bid to renew the contracts of Kroos and Modric.

As per Romano, a previously reported one-year extension pact now seems shaky and there is a stark possibility that Kroos considering a different path.

It has been reported in the past that Kroos has been mulling over an early retirement for quite some time now.

Will Kroos stay at Real Madrid? (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The German may have the perfect environment to retire this summer, as he has the opportunity to win his fifth UCL title with Real Madrid on June 1, before embarking on the Euro 2024 journey with Germany.

What about Luka Modric?

Modric’s situation appears equally ambiguous. While some reports suggest a greater openness to staying at his adopted home in Madrid, others hint at a potential departure.

The 38-year-old playmaker has expressed his desire to end his career at the top, leaving the door open for a move elsewhere if he feels he can no longer contribute at the highest level.

With the Champions League final looming large, the next few days are crucial for Real Madrid, as they look to nail down the future of these two midfield maestros.

A definitive decision from either Modric or Kroos could significantly alter the club’s transfer plans and shape the narrative of the coming season.

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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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