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Federico Valverde’s first words to the media after the Alex Baena incident



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Last week, Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde was involved in a major controversy as he punched Villarreal star Alex Baena after the two teams played out an enthralling clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The incident took place in the bus park area. Valverde’s entourage claimed that Baena’s ill-advised comments over the former’s wife’s pregnancy complications incited the response.

The Villarreal star, though, has denied making any such statements and has filed a complaint against Valverde with the National Police.

Real Madrid have not issued a statement on the matter as of yet, while Valverde himself has been keeping quiet.

However, after last night’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League, Valverde had a brief interaction with Golazo de Gol during which he said that was doing well and that he is banking on the support of his family, loved ones and his fans.

“Yes, I am mentally better,” Valverde said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

The midfielder then said that he was leaning “on the family, on the people of Madrid, and those who support me in the street,” and went on to thank them for their support.

Following the incident, the Anti-Violence Commission has been involved and it remains to be seen what kind of sanctions Valverde could face in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Valverde started and played the full game for Real Madrid against Chelsea last night and was one of the team’s best performers. In fact, manager Carlo Ancelotti went on to state that the midfielder was the best player on the pitch, as he said:

“He was the best player on the pitch. He brought so much energy and he was very aware of his positioning. He managed the defensive side of things with Kroos really well and was brilliant at recovering the ball after the opening 10 minutes when we made a few slight adjustments.”

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Real Madrid reach agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Bellingham, medical to follow



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In a huge development, David Ornstein of The Athletic is reporting that Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement over the transfer of midfield sensation Jude Bellingham.

The 19-year-old prodigy had become one of Los Blancos’ main priorities for the summer transfer window and the club had been working on a deal for him for months now.

And after seeing off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, the Merengues managed to reach an agreement with Bellingham over personal terms last month.

Talks with Dortmund were put on hold until the Bundesliga season was over, but things have accelerated in recent times. Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming that positive talks had been held between the two clubs.

And now, Real Madrid have reached a total agreement with Dortmund for Bellingham’s signing. As per the report, the transfer fee for the teenage sensation will exceed €100 million, making it one of the most expensive operations in the history of both clubs.

The deal has not been signed yet, but it is considered only a mere formality at this point. Soon, the England international will undergo his medicals in the coming days as well before completing the transfer to Real Madrid.

Bellingham might not be the only Englishman to end up at the Spanish capital this summer as Los Blancos also have their sights set on a move for his national team captain, Harry Kane.

Indeed, the 29-year-old Tottenham Hotspur superstar is a primary target for Real Madrid as a replacement for Karim Benzema, who completed his transfer to Al Ittihad. The Merengues are understood to be preparing an €80 million offer for him, but it could fall short of Spurs’ valuation.

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