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Spanish veteran close to continuing with Real Madrid after UCL heroics – report

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When Real Madrid were in dire need of a saviour, Joselu stepped up to the occasion with a game-defining cameo against Bayern Munich.

With his team down by one goal with just two minutes to go, the veteran striker found the back of the net twice in three minutes to turn the tie around and secure a place in the finale of the UEFA Champions League.

His showing midweek, however, was only a true reflection of the season he has enjoyed to this point. With his loan running out next month, moreover, Los Blancos are pressed to take a binding decision on his future.

Joselu will stay

As revealed in a recent update by Jose Luis Sanchez, Joselu is close to staying at Real Madrid. It is, however, unclear whether he will continue on loan or with a permanent transfer.

Joselu is likely to continue at the Bernabeu (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Los Blancos purchased the player on a season-long loan deal last summer for a fee of around €500,000. They have an option to make his signing permanent for just €1.5 million next month and it remains to be seen if that is the approach the administration plans on.

After all, it was revealed only earlier this week that Real Madrid were planning to offer Joselu a one-year extension which points more towards a loan extension.

Loved by all

Despite not being a regular starter for the men in white, the veteran striker has made minimal fuss over his situation at the club and is an example of how to make the most of one’s opportunities.

His clarity over his role in the team has made Carlo Ancelotti’s work easier, and it is safe to say that Joselu has delivered beyond expectations with 11 goal contributions in La Liga and a further five in the UEFA Champions League.

The Spaniard is adored in the dressing room, by both players and the management alike and his good numbers only fuel the reasons Real Madrid have to renew his deal. Progress can be expected in the coming weeks.

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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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