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‘Would have ended 5-2’: Former Real Madrid manager critical of performance vs RB Leipzig

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Speaking on Sky Sports Italia (h/t TMW), former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello took the team to the task after their 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig last night.

Real Madrid put in one of their most hapless performances of the season but managed to eke out a 1-1 draw that sent them through to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The performance was so dour, especially in the first half, that the Santiago Bernabeu was whistling and booing at the players at half-time, something manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that the team deserved.

Now, former Real Madrid manager Capello has dished out criticism over the performance against RB Leipzig, as he said:

“Perhaps Real Madrid lacked air (he joked about the total coverage of the roof of the stadium for the first time in history, ed). But in the end all it took was quality play – if we put Real Madrid’s quality into Leipzig, it would have ended 5-2!”

Capello went on to praise RB Leipzig for turning up and putting up a show at the Bernabeu, saying: “Leipzig played a great game, they dominated and had many chances but they didn’t take advantage of them.

“They played well until the penalty area, there they lacked the quality needed to win and they also had a bit of bad luck with the post at the end. Real Madrid suffered, so much so that the first half ended in booing.”

Discussing how his compatriot and current Real Madrid boss Ancelotti might be feeling after the match, Capello added:

“Surely he is happy with the result, having played such a bad game and still having passed the round, he can only be happy.”

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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.

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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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