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Alex Baena issues statement on Federico Valverde incident: “I will let justice do its job”

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Taking to Instagram, Villarreal midfielder Alex Baena has issued a statement on the incident that occurred involving him and Real Madrid star Federico Valverde on Saturday.

After the match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu, Valverde went after Baena and punched him in his face in the bus park area.

It was soon reported by the Real Madrid star’s entourage that his actions were forced by alleged distasteful remarks made by Baena over the pregnancy complications that Valverde’s wife had faced earlier this year.

Given the incident had occurred after the game and outside the pitch, the referee did not include it in his official match report.

And while Villarreal did not file a complaint against Valverde, Baena decided to take the step himself and pressed assault charges on the Uruguayan international with the National Police.

Following that, the 21-year-old has now issued a statement, giving his side of the story, and said: “On Saturday I was physically attacked by another player after the match against Madrid. After that, statements allegedly made by his camp came to light, in which it was said that I wished pain to one of his family members. But no evidence has been shared.”

“They took advantage of a tragedy to justify the aggression and there are lies that hurt more than the punches. The damage that my family has been receiving is unjustifiable… I have received threats, insults, and even people wishing death to my family.”

“Yesterday I filed a report with the police. I will let justice do its job. My only goal now is to dedicate myself to football and support my club.”

While Baena filed his complaint with the police, the Anti-Violence Commission has also now been involved in the matter and it could lead to possible sanctions for Valverde.

The Real Madrid midfielder himself has been silent on the matter thus far and it remains to be seen if he decides to speak out now that Baena has issued a statement.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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