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Official: Real Madrid to take legal action against former commissioner over Florentino Perez accusations

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Former police commission Jose Manuel Villarejo has been in the news in Spain over the past couple of days for some of the outrageous statements he made in an interview with RAC1.

During the said interview, Villarejo made shocking allegations against Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claiming that he had paid off referees and that he is ‘untouchable’ in Spain.

“Florentino Pérez bribed referees before Barça did. He is untouchable,” Villarejo said, as quoted by SPORT.

Reak Madrid have now released an official statement in reaction to Villarejo’s comments, stating that Perez is now planning to take legal actions against the former commissioner.

“The president of Real Madrid C.F., Florentino Pérez, has ordered the immediate filing of the corresponding legal action against the ex-commissioner Villarejo for the false accusations made on the Catalan radio station RAC1,” the statement reads.

Villarejo has ruffled quite a few feathers with his statements in the interview over the past two days.

Prior to Real Madrid launching legal action against him, Barcelona president Joan Laporta had also decided to go down the same route after the ex-commissioner had made allegations claiming that Laporta had conspired to help imprison Sandro Rosell.

La Liga president comments on Villarejo claims

Speaking in an interview (h/t AS), La Liga president Javier Tebas commented on the astonishing claims made by Villarejo, asking him to come forward with any proof for his allegations against Florentino Perez.

“He has said two things. That Florentino has bribed referees and that he is untouchable. On the first, if he has something to prove it. He talks a lot. Villarejo’s tactics are unbelievable and condemnable,” Tebas said.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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