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Rival watch: Real Sociedad will have eight players missing for Real Madrid clash

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Real Madrid will lock horns with Real Sociedad in a crucial encounter in La Liga on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos are just three points ahead of Imanol Alguacil’s side heading into the game. A defeat here could see them lose further ground in the La Liga title race, with leaders Barcelona already having a three-point lead.

It has not helped Real Madrid’s cause that they are dealing with a host of injury and fitness problems leading up to the match.

But, in some form of relief, the Merengues are not the only ones going into the contest with a myriad of injury troubles.

According to MARCA, Real Sociedad themselves are set to be without as many as eight players for the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Indeed, the Basque outfit will have to make do without key players in Mikel Merino (hamstring) and David Silva (calf), who missed the midweek Copa del Rey clash against Barcelona which ended in a 1-0 loss.

Apart from the midfield duo, Real Sociedad will also be without right-backs Andoni Gorosabel (ankle) and Alex Sola (hamstring) while centre-back Jon Pacheco (ankle) is also ruled out of the contest.

Ander Guevara also remains unavailable for selection as he continues to recover from an ankle issue.

Meanwhile, forward Umar Sadiq is nursing a cruciate ligament rupture and remains sidelined while fellow attacker Momo Cho will also not be at Alguacil’s disposal due to an ankle problem.

Given the number of problems in the squad, the Real Sociedad manager could decide to go in with the same team that started in midweek against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

It would mean that former Real Madrid youngster Takefusa Kubo could start at the Bernabeu. The Japanese international had a decent game against Barça and could pose problems for the Merengues come Sunday.

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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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