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Atletico Madrid ace gives update on Fede Valverde after Baena incident: “Spoken to him”



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Federico Valverde is in boiling water. The Uruguayan International’s decision to physically assault Alex Baena may have given him temporary solace, but the repercussions appear massive.

The Villarreal midfielder filed an official complaint for physical assault against the Uruguayan last night, and police have swiftly swung into action. Statements from both Valverde and Baena have already been collected with the Real Madrid star even confessing to the assault.

Valverde’s Uruguayan National teammate and Atletico Madrid defender, Jose Maria Gimenez revealed last night that he had spoken to the midfielder about what happened and revealed that he was not doing well.

“I have spoken with Fede Valverde, he is screwed,” he said as revealed by El Chiringuito.

Villarreal support their player’s appeal for justice and matters are expected to get serious. Rumours have it that Valverde could face a ban of at least four games for his actions which may be extended after the anti-violence committee’s report. However, other reports state that the case will go down the criminal route without a match ban.

Valverde’s decision to punch Baena was triggered by the Villarreal player’s nasty comments about his wife’s pregnancy complications when the two teams met in Copa del Rey earlier this season. A further statement on Saturday rubbed salt onto Valverde’s wounds.

With the case against him officially filed, it remains to be seen what kind of sanctions the Real Madrid star faces.

His potential unavailability would be a big blow to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans for the Italian tactician sees the midfielder as a regular starter.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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