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Celta Vigo players question controversial refereeing during Real Madrid clash

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Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at the Balaidos has triggered controversy not only amongst fans but also players of Celta Vigo. The referee took several game-defining decisions, all seemingly in Los Blancos‘ favour.

The Galician players came out after the game and spoke openly about how they felt cheated on the night. They did not shy away from taking a jibe at referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes.

Nolito scored the equaliser for Celta Vigo in the 552nd minute before Benzema’s eventual winner. Moreover, it was the forward who conceded the first penalty on the night. The Spaniard said, “Celta Vigo were absolutely disrespected today.”

Iago Aspas found himself at the end of a controversial decision, too, when he was judged to have been obstructing the play, denying his side a first-half equaliser. He commented,

“The only thing missing was for the referee to take one of the penalties he gave them himself. It looked like he wanted Benzema to score a hat-trick.”

Fran Beltran did not hesitate to directly question the VAR system and personnel, saying it was not used appropriately despite being available.

“We have VAR right there in front of our eyes, and we don’t use it.”

The controversy sparked at Balaidos because the visitors were awarded three penalties in ninety minutes. While two of them were justifiable, the third penalty seemed dubious. Moreover, the referee’s decision to disallow Celta’s equaliser only made matters worse.

With this win, Real Madrid extend their lead at the top of La Liga to 12 points. Their next game will be at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Source: El Chiringuito

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Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million

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With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.

One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.

The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.

It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.

According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.

It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.

The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.

This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.

The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.

PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.

So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.

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