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Real Madrid’s German duo elated after lifting FIFA Club World Cup: “Here to win titles”



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Real Madrid bulldozed past Al-Hilal and steered to their second trophy of the season last night, as they lifted the FIFA Club World Cup in Rabat. The performance was far from flawless, yet, the job was done with relative ease.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side displayed their superiority, not only as a group but as individuals on the night as all players involved played with poise and nuance. Toni Kroos was one of the most involved players, as he recorded over 100 touches and completed 94% of his passes.

The midfield legend first expressed his ecstasy at winning his second trophy of the season and did not hold back in praising the group that made it look so easy when he spoke to the media after the full-time whistle.

“We’re here to win titles. We’ve done well. There were two games we had to win. We’ve played them and won them and now it’s time to celebrate. I don’t think about a specific number to reach. I try to enjoy football and work hard, that’s when the results come,” he said.

Kroos has broken records all his career and unlocked a new pedestal on Saturday night when he became the first player in the world to win six Club World Cup titles – five with Real Madrid and one with Bayern Munich. He then spoke about the record and highlighted what made the competition elite.

“To get here you have to win the Champions League first. We’re going to try again, but we know it’s difficult. I’m very happy with the six Club World Cups,” Kroos stated.

Being the perfectionist he is, Kroos stayed grounded and also spoke about where his side could have done better saying,

“It’s a long road. In the Champions League, we struggled in the play-offs and the reward is getting here. For the opposition in this tournament, it’s the game of their lives and you have to defeat them. We were serious, but we could’ve defended a bit better in both games,” he added.

The euphoria of lifting silverware is one that creates an insatiable hunger. The 33-year-old urged the group to use the trophy as a propelling force to more success this season.

“We come away from here feeling confident and with one more trophy in the bag. We’re motivated, but we have a very hard fixture calendar because we play every three or four days. But we’re ready for it and we’ll see how we perform,” Kroos signed off.

Kroos was not the only German who shone in Morocco, however, as Antonio Rudiger delivered a solid performance at the back. The centre-back spoke to the press after the game and expressed the pride he felt playing for Real Madrid.

“I’m very happy to win another title with such a special team. This club wins a lot of titles and it’s great to be part of this. It’s something I never imagined,” the summer signing said.

Talking about the game, Rudiger emphasised that they defended poorly for the first goal and revealed what helped them get back into the game, as he said:

“We started very well, we scored two goals. Then we conceded a goal that we shouldn’t have let in. In the second half, we came back very strong and in the end, it came down to minor details. We were able to have a very calm game.”

Finally, the former Chelsea man praised Vinicius Jr for his spectacular performance throughout the event which culminated in him winning the golden ball award, saying: “Vinicius is a special player. He’s strong and in one-on-one situations, he’s the best in the world.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report



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According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.

It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.

Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.

At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after

Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights

As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.

How can Real Madrid pull this off?

Kylian Mbappe is close to joining Real Madrid. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.

At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.

Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.

Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.

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