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Real Madrid teenager expected to make an appearance against Atletico Madrid after slow start to season

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Jude Bellingham has taken the footballing world by storm with his exploits at Real Madrid. The English midfielder has enjoyed a stunning start to life in Madrid and has quickly established himself as the team’s regular attacking midfielder.

The story of the team’s second star signing this summer, Arda Guler, is not as rosy. The Turkish sensation arrived in Madrid amidst serious hype but soon fell prey to a host of repeated injuries.

A surgery and several months of recuperation later, he finally made his debut against Arandina in the Copa del Rey and has participated in three games for Los Blancos.

First big match incoming?

Guler made his debut as a starter in Real Madrid’s cup clash against Arandina, but his two appearances since then have come off the bench and have lasted less than 10 minutes each.

A host of factors surround his slow start to life in Madrid, with the competition and the fitness of his legs being primary inhibitors. Most importantly, Carlo Ancelotti does not wish to rush Guler into high-voltage fixtures unless his body is completely prepared.

According to reports from AS, Guler is now finally closing the gap to a starting spot. The Spanish outlet reveals that he could play his first game at Santiago Bernabeu this weekend as the manager is considering utilising his services against Atletico Madrid in the upcoming derby.

A game of revenge

Real Madrid have been close to invincible this season and boast an unreal record in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. The one opposition they have succumbed to, not once but twice, is Atletico Madrid.

Los Rojiblancos inflicted on the Merengues their first defeat of the season in La Liga and also knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey earlier this month. Heading into the weekend’s derby, Ancelotti’s men will be determined to strike back and take their revenge.

Giving Arda Guler minutes on the night thus shows that the manager is willing to trust him against the team’s most difficult opposition. The onus will be on the youngster to make the most of his playing time.

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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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