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Official: Villarreal confirm Alex Baena’s assault charges against Federico Valverde



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After reports emerged that Alex Baena had filed a complaint against Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde for assaulting him, the former’s club, Villarreal, have officially confirmed those claims to be true.

After last night’s La Liga encounter between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu, Valverde punched Baena in the bus park area, allegedly angered by the 21-year-old’s derogatory comments over his wife’s pregnancy complications.

Villarreal had confirmed earlier today that they were not filing a complaint against Valverde, but would support if Baena decided to do so. And the midfielder has now indeed proceeded to file assault charges against the Real Madrid star with the National Police.

“Álex Baena suffered an assault last night while on his way to the team’s bus after the match against Real Madrid. Faced with this situation, the player has decided to file a complaint against the aggressor with the National Police,” Villarreal’s official statement read.

Carrusel Deportivo reports that Baena decided to file the complaint against Valverde after visiting a hospital today and receiving reports of the injuries he suffered as a result of the Real Madrid ace’s action.

Even though Baena has filed a complaint with the police, it does not mean that Valverde will not face sporting sanctions, reports Isaac Fouto of COPE.

However, he does add that the sanctions could arrive for next season as had been in the case of Sergio Leon for an incident involving a fan in the past.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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