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“Wearing the best club’s jersey can only be a good feeling”: Brahim Diaz

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Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz has been named Mahou Five Star Player of February. This marks his second triumph, having previously secured the honour in December.

It is to be noted that this accolade commends his stellar contributions across the six Real Madrid matches held during February where the team secured four victories and two draws.

Throughout the month, the former Milan forward’s role scored two goals. Interestingly enough, one was during the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid and another in a 1-0 win over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League.

“I’m very grateful to Real Madrid fans for the warmth, the love they have for me and for voting for me,” the forward told Real Madrid. 

“I’ve felt good, at ease. It’s been a great month. I’m very happy with the goal I scored in the Champions League and in the derby. I hope every month is like this,” he added.

Speaking on his form and availability

Brahim Diaz scored two goals in February. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

The 24-year-old forward had a slow start to the 2023/24 season, but owing club’s injury crises, he began appearing more often, especially in 2024. For what it is worth, Diaz played in each of Madrid’s six matches during the month.

“I’m very happy. Wearing the best club’s jersey can only be a good feeling, so I’m very grateful to everyone: teammates and fans. I want to continue with this great form.”

He went on to press that the months leading upto the conclusion of the season are very important for the team because the team is alive in the UEFA Champions League and are currently topping the La Liga standings.

“The best few months are coming up because that’s when you play for all the competitions. We’re first in La Liga and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It’s a very good period for the team and we have to carry on like this. We must now, obviously, win trophies.”

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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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