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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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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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