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Real Madrid’s Bellingham reacts after winning Golden Boy award: “Going to give everything to lift trophies”

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485 out of 500 points. 97%. Such was the dominance with which Jude Bellingham won the Golden Boy award this year which saw him officially receive the award earlier this week.

The accolade does not come as a surprise for those who have been following the youngster’s impressive season with Borussia Dortmund and the English National Team. Adding his spectacular start to life at Real Madrid to that, the announcement was a no-brainer.

After all, he has a staggering 15 goals and four assists for Real Madrid this season across La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and is single-handedly responsible for most of the team’s successes.

The man of the moment spoke to the club’s official media after the award ceremony on Monday night, expressing his immense satisfaction over being officially crowned the Golden Boy of 2023.

“Thank you for this great honour and for being able to join this prestigious group of footballers with the Golden Boy.”

Bellingham has been having a sensational year on an individual level so far, especially after his move to Real Madrid in the summer. Commenting on how he was enjoying his football, he said,

“I have to have great goals, win everything if possible. I enjoy playing with my national team, England, and with Madrid.”

“There is a lot of pressure, but I am very happy and happy to represent these two teams. I’m going to give everything to lift trophies with both my national team and Real Madrid,” he added on his desire to keep improving.

Finally, the youngster revealed how it still felt surreal for him that he was a Real Madrid player and the pride that came with wearing the prestigious white jersey.

“I’m dreaming, I think I’m going to wake me up at any moment. I am very happy to be a Real Madrid player.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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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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