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‘Will destroy him’ – Real Madrid defender sends out warning to Kylian Mbappe



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Real Madrid are set to take on Bayern Munich this evening in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

After securing a narrow win over Manchester City in the quarterfinals, Real Madrid will be looking for a more convincing win over the Bavarians tonight.

One of the Real Madrid players who will be in focus heading into tonight’s encounter is Antonio Rudiger, who will be in charge of leading a Real Madrid defence that will have the daunting task of stopping Harry Kane and co.

Rudiger on facing Mbappe in the final

Heading into this game, Rudiger talked about the possibility of facing Paris Saint-Germain and a potential matchup with Kylian Mbappe in the final.

“If we play against Mbappé in the Champions League final, we will beat him and if he dribbles with me, I will destroy him,” said Rudiger (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Rudiger is ready for the Mbappe challenge (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The Real Madrid defender, of course, expressed these words in a playful manner, knowing there is a substantial chance Mbappe could become his teammate next season.

When asked about Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid, though, Rudiger offered a rather diplomatic response, asserting that nothing is official just yet.

 “Who said it would happen? It’s not official,” said Rudiger, who is expected to play an even more important role at Real Madrid next season, especially with Nacho Fernandez likely to leave at the end of the season.

Rudiger, though, did back Mbappe to succeed if he does join Real Madrid in the coming summer.

“I think the best in history have played for Real Madrid and he is one of the best players in the world, so he would work well,” said Rudiger, whose immediate focus will be to keep the Bayern Munich attack at bay tonight.

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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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