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Real Madrid’s injured defensive mainstay could return to training by February

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When Real Madrid confirmed the team’s second consecutive ACL injury in the form of Eder Militao, it was clear that the signs were ominous.

Having lost their best goalkeeper and best defender for potentially the entire season, it was not going to be simple for the manager to work around a solution.

Earlier this week, word had it that Thibaut Courtois’ recovery was going on track and that the Belgian would return to group training by April.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Now, Mundo Deportivo provides an update on Militao’s situation and the news it brings forth is exciting.

According to the Spanish outlet, the Brazilian defender already sees the light at the end of the tunnel, just over six months after his injury on Matchday 1. 

He is meeting the deadlines of recovery faster than expected and even recently posted a photo of him jogging on the grasses of the club facilities.

According to the latest update, Militao could be available for Real Madrid as early as February. This comes as music to Ancelotti’s ears for he was initially rumoured to be out until the business end of the season.

His speedy recovery is a direct result of his relentless work ethic and must be commended.

Militao could return in February next year. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

A stunning start

With arguably their best defender out through injury, many expected glaring holes in Real Madrid’s defence this season.

After all, the Brazilian was the team’s mainstay in central defence, and the three others did not share the best of chemistries.

Despite the odds being against them, however, the men in white have recorded their best-ever start to a season defensively.

Fifteen games into the league season, Ancelotti’s side have conceded just nine goals in what is a historic achievement. Needless to say, the combination of David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger has delivered great dividends.

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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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