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Pique’s leaked chat with RFEF president about refereeing ‘steams’ up Real Madrid fans

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Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are often accused by each other’s fanbase of match-fixing scandals. The so-called ‘purchase’ of referees is one of the Spanish media’s favourite and bestselling topics.

El Confidencial has revealed what they claim to be a conversation between RFEF president Rubiales and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.

The conversation is dated back to the Blaugranas‘ game against Real Sociedad in the 2019/20 season. The transcript is as follows:

Rubiales: “How are you?”
Pique: “Fu**ed. They messed up today.”
Rubiales: “What happened? Didn’t VAR see it?”
Pique: “Well, they didn’t check VAR. And it’s a clear penalty.”
Pique: “VAR did nothing. They should’ve told the referees, especially when they blew the whistle for Busi in the first half.”

Should this revelation be proven true, it would come as a black mark on Gerard Pique’s illustrious career. Using one’s personal relationships with the president of a governing body to complain, and possibly help the team is an issue that needs to be treated more seriously.

Madrid fans, especially, have not taken this well, and understandably so, due to the obvious conflict of interest.

The same outlet recently released information about the centre-back’s involvement in the Spanish Super Cup being shifted to Saudi Arabia.

Pique explained the controversy and accepted his role in the decision, stating that everything they had done was legal.

“Everything we have done is legal, I’m going to expose my part in the conflict of interest I want to show my face because I have nothing to hide. I am proud of what we do at Kosmos,” he said.

Given that El Confidencial got that report spot on, there is a high chance that the leaked conversation is true too.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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