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Open Thread: April 24, 2022

Sunday Edition of the Daily Merengue

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, Ezek lx, NeRObutBlanco or Kung_Fu_Zizou.

Pellegrino’s Betis is CDR champions.

Betis has won Copa del Rey after drawing 1-1 vs Valencia in regular time and winning 5-4 in the penalty shootout.


The rumour of Rüdiger being signed by Real Madrid is getting serious each day. Romano has now confirmed the player will leave Chelsea and Real Madrid is in the final stages of the negotiations. Marca claimed Carlo asked for his signing in a meeting with Florentino Perez and the player impressed in the match at Bernabéu. And there is more:

Other transfer experts are already saying the deal is closed.

Is Mbappe one step closer?

A previously rumour claimed Real was waiting PSG’s League 1 title to be confirmed for making the announcement of Mbappe’s signing. So, the French club has won the League 1 today. In addition, there is a new report stating Mbappe already announced that is leaving to his PSG teammates and that Neymar is preparing a farewell party to the French player. However, Mbappe was asked about the future and the player, as usual, say he is still thinking. About the matter, PSG’s director Leonardo said:

In Madrid, it’s been three years of them being sure that Kylian will end up at Real Madrid. Perhaps they shouldn’t be so sure? Mbappé is thinking. I think it’s possible he stays, and also that he leaves.

Injuried players

According to Marca, Ancelotti is concerned about the injuries of Casemiro and Alaba for the game vs City. Alaba will be a doubt until the last minute, as medical test confirmed he has a contracture in the abductor. Mendy is more likely to be in, as he completed a part of the training with the team.

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