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Barcelona president hits out at Real Madrid’s involvement in Negreira case



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Joan Laporta, the president of FC Barcelona had a prolonged and long awaited press conference on Monday. The agenda on the night was to discuss Barcelona’s involvement in the Negreira scandal, the payments made to manipulate decisions and the club’s explanation towards the same.

However, a large part of his media interaction on the day was centred around Real Madrid, the club’s stand against the Catalans, refereeing in La Liga and topics far away from the scandal itself.

The Barcelona president began his comments on Real Madrid with a dig at the club’s open support to taking legal action against the Catalans and himself threw a massive accusation at the defending Spanish champions.

“Real Madrid wanting to take legal action against Barcelona with unprecedented claims is purely cynical. They have always been favored by the referees, to this day. We all know it. I hope this trial exposes that.”

Laporta went on to call the Merengues a ‘royalty team’ and revealed data on the composition of refereeing boards to highlight the same.

“Real Madrid have always been considered the royalty team, close to power. In the last seven decades, the executives in refereeing committees have always been club members or former board members at Real Madrid.”

The Catalan president’s accusations on Real Madrid only continued deeper into the press conference as he went on to call the Spanish Capital based side as regularly ‘favored.’

“Real Madrid joined the hate campaign, even though they are the club that have always been favored by the refereeing decisions.”

If Barcelona are proven innocent in the court of law and charges subsequently dropped, they will reserve the right to seek compensation for the damage they have faced over the past few months.

Laporta spoke about the same and possibly implied it towards Real Madrid, amongst other institutions.

“We reserve the right to sue people for damages. The compensation can be astronomical.”

Finally, he cut some slack for Los Blancos president Florentino Perez’s decision to stand against the Catalan institution and attributed it to peer pressure. He did not hold back, however, and commented on what the better approach to handle the situation was.

“I think that Florentino Perez may have made that move because of the pressure in the rivalry. I understand that he was in a difficult situation, but he should have waited for the right moment to act. I don’t accept the way in which he did it.”

Source: Barca TV+

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Real Madrid plan to hold talks with Chelsea over €60 million-rated German international



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Kai Havertz has emerged as the latest target for Real Madrid as they look to beef up the attacking unit ahead of the new season.

The club are bracing themselves for the loss of Marco Asensio, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Even Dani Ceballos is facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, though the club are making a last-gasp effort to keep hold of the midfielder.

In order to mitigate the losses, Real Madrid are planning to bring in a new attacker, with Havertz emerging as a potential candidate.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid’s plan is to hold talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks, over the possibility of Havertz’s move to the Bernabeu.

The Premier League giants seek good money for the German international, but do not consider him ‘untouchable’. The player, after all, has endured a difficult season, where his productivity has been questioned.

The former Bayer Leverkusen starlet has netted seven goals in the Premier League this past season, but the number could have easily breached the 15 mark if the forward had successfully converted most of his chances.

Chelsea, therefore, are ready to offload the German ahead of the new season. The Blues had signed the young playmaker in the summer of 2020, for an astounding €80 million. But the move has not paid off at all, with the player scoring just 32 goals in 139 appearances.

Chelsea are now keen on recouping some of that investment by asking big money for Havertz this summer. Real Madrid, for their part, are not exactly clear how much they should spend on the German, but they appear ready to take the gamble on the player.

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