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Mbappe ‘signs Real Madrid contract’, to become club’s highest-paid player

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By Francesca Hangeior

French striker, Kylian Mbappe is reported to have signed a deal with Real Madrid two weeks ago and will join the club as soon as the summer transfer window opens.

This is according to a story on MARCA and corroborated by AS.

Mbappe and his current club Paris Saint-Germain announced last Thursday that they will be parting ways this summer and it seems clear that the striker will be a Real Madrid player.

Mbappe will sign a five-year contract with Los Blancos, with a salary of €15 million to €20 million, according to the same reports.

The deal will make him the highest-paid player in the club, surpassing Jude Bellingham,

Real Madrid’s offer was not as large as it was back in 2022 since the club believed they had leverage in the negotiations, but Mbappe eventually decided to accept the deal.

Mbappe tells PSG directors he plans to leave

France captain Kylian Mbappe has told officials at Paris Saint-Germain that he intends to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season, a source close to the Ligue 1 champions said on Thursday.

The 25-year-old, who arrived in Paris from Monaco in 2017, had extended his contract in 2022 until 2024 but last summer declined to activate a clause allowing him to stay another year at PSG.

Mbappe has been widely tipped to move to Real Madrid and, according to a source close to the matter, has already entered negotiations with the Spanish giants.

“The terms of the departure have yet to be fully agreed,” the source said, adding that the club and Mbappe will make an official statement “when everything is finalised in the next few months”.

Meanwhile, PSG declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

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Transfer: I want to play for a bigger club – Nwabali hints at next move

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, has dropped the biggest hint that he could leave Chippa United this summer.

Nwabali burst onto the scene at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in January this year.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper finished the competition with four clean sheets in seven appearances.

He also made two penalty saves in the shoot-out against South Africa in the quarterfinals.

This season, Nwabali has kept 11 clean sheets for Chippa United in 26 appearances.

Following his impressive performances, Nwabali has become a target for clubs abroad.

Saudi Pro League club Al Ettifaq, English Championship side Queens Park Rangers, and South African side Kaizer Chiefs have all been linked.

Following the final game of the season – a 2-0 defeat to Orlando Pirate – Nwabali dropped a hint on his future.

“Well, everyone would love to leave because when you are in some position, you need to grow,” said Nwabali.

“Like everyone in my position, I would like to grow more. I’m talking about clubs higher than this [bigger than Chippa United] because I have been giving my all to my club this season.

“I just wish to have another challenge at some other place,” Nwabali said.

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Just in: 2024-2025 Premier league start date revealed

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The 2024-2025 English Premier League campaign will commence 90 days after the 2023-2024 season ended in a historic way as Manchester City became the first side to win four Premier League titles in a row.

This newspaper platform can confirm that the 2024-2025 Premier League season will kick off on the weekend of August 17 and 18, 2024.

The forthcoming season will feature one Bank Holiday matchweek, 33 weekends of Premier League games, and four midweek rounds of league games.

In the forthcoming season, the Premier League plans to arrange the games in such a way that no club plays within 60 hours of another match. This is expected to prevent the “congested schedule across Christmas and New Year”.

Unlike last season, there won’t be games on the eve of Christmas (December 24) during the 2024-2025 Premier League season.

The forthcoming season is expected to end on Sunday, May 25, 2025, and just like last season, all the games will have the same kickoff time.

As for the 2024-2025 Premier League fixtures, the fixtures and kick-off time of all 20 clubs (380 fixtures in total) are expected to be released at 9 a.m. (UK time) on Tuesday, June 18.

Note that three clubs have been promoted to the Premier League ahead of the 2024-2025 season. The newly promoted clubs are Leicester City, Ipswich Town, and Southampton.

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Onyedika wins Belgian League title with Club Brugge

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Nigeria midfielder Raphael Onyedika has won the Belgian Pro League title with Club Brugge.

Club Brugge were held to a 0-0 draw by local rivals Cercle Brugge in their final game of the season on Sunday night.

Onyedika featured for 90 minutes in the game.

It was his 30th league game of the season for Club Brugge and he has scored three goals.

The 23-year-old also won the league title during his time with FC Midtylland in Denmark.

Nicky Hayen’s side finished the Championship playoff with 50 points, a point ahead of Union St. Gilloise.

It was the Blue and White’s 19th league title.

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