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Official: Real Madrid to appear in legal proceedings for Barcelona-Negreira case

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Real Madrid have released an official statement, citing their concerns over the findings of an investigation involving Barcelona and their alleged involvement in the Enriquez Negreira payoff scandal.

The investigation had accused Barcelona of being a part of the corruption that involved payments to Enriquez Negreira worth up to €7 million, for insights regarding refereeing. There are claims of payments being made to manipulate results too.

Barcelona are said to be charged by the Prosecutor’s office in Spain, and if proven, the club could face serious sanctions.

The entire ordeal had led to Real Madrid calling for a meeting of its Board of Directors, just before the Espanyol game, leaving Barcelona very attentive to the situation.

The Spanish champions have now come up with an official statement, which suggests that the club will appear in legal proceedings.

“Real Madrid expresses its deep concern about the seriousness of the facts and reiterates its full confidence in the action of justice and has agreed that, in defense of its legitimate interests, it will appear in the procedure as soon as the judge opens it to the parties harmed,” the statement reads.

Although Real Madrid and Barcelona have acted together in good faith in recent years, especially in matters related to the Super League, Real Madrid’s involvement in the legal proceedings could raise tension between the two entities.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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