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Real Madrid’s hero vs RB Leipzig an injury doubt for Rayo Vallecano clash, will undergo tests tomorrow



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Brahim Diaz was the star of the show last night as Real Madrid secured a 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

The 24-year-old Spaniard scored the only goal of the game on Tuesday night, and it was a special goal from the former Manchester City man.

However, Brahim had to leave the field with less than ten minutes of normal time left to be played due to a calf injury.

Brahim to undergo tests tomorrow

Speaking after the game, Brahim sounded optimistic about the muscle issue that he sustained, as he said: “I’m not sure right now. I felt a kick and then it was like my calf seized up. I guess we’ll run tests tomorrow [Wednesday] and nothing will come of it.”

Now, though, MARCA is reporting that Brahim will undergo tests tomorrow, i.e., Thursday, to determine the severity of his injury.

This comes after Carlo Ancelotti decided to give the players a day off from training following their return from Germany.

As things stand, everything seems to indicate that at least there is no muscle tear. In that case, the time out on the sidelines from Brahim will be considerably reduced, especially if it turns out to be just a knock.

For now, though, Brahim is regarded as a doubt for Sunday’s La Liga clash against Rayo Vallecano, which is a concern for Real Madrid.

With Jude Bellingham already unavailable, losing Brahim also to an injury could become an issue for Ancelotti & co. As such, tomorrow’s test results will be eagerly awaited by those at Valdebebas.

In case, the injury does keep Brahim out for an extended period, it could open the doors for Arda Guler to get more minutes in the matches to come.

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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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