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Real Madrid believe Xavi, Laporta’s statements have put pressure on referees, cost team five penalties – report

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Ever since Real Madrid’s comeback win against Almeria last month, Barcelona have been constantly accusing the Merengues of influencing referee decisions by putting pressure on them through the videos posted by the club’s official media channel RMTV.

Barça president Joan Laporta went as far as claiming that La Liga had become ‘adulterated’ due to this while the Catalan club’s manager, Xavi Hernandez, regularly mentions the topic in each of his press conferences.

Real Madrid not happy

Now, a report from Tomas Roncero of AS is claiming that Real Madrid are unhappy with the situation as they believe that both Xavi and Laporta are getting away with their statements and at the same time are putting pressure on the referees.

A source within the club told the aforementioned outlet: “Xavi and Laporta have got away with it. Their accusations have been extremely serious, talking about an adulterated league with total levity, knowing that they will not receive any sanction or public reproach for it.”

Laporta has constantly taken shots at Real Madrid. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

On top of that, the source also revealed that Real Madrid believe Xavi and Laporta’s statements are having an effect on referees, with Los Blancos being denied five penalties in the last two matches against Getafe and Atletico Madrid.

“They let it go, create added pressure on the referees who whistle for us and the results have been seen in just four days. Two penalties against Vinicius and Brahim in Getafe not given and another three in the derby. Five penalties not given just after saying that La Liga is adulterated in our favour….”

It has previously been suggested that those within Real Madrid believe that Xavi is using this tactic to cover his own failings at Barcelona in the current season.

Even though Real Madrid have not issued a direct response to either Xavi or Laporta, RMTV took a fresh dig at the Barça boss last night after the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid. And as things stand, it appears that the war of words is likely to continue.

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Two Real Madrid stars staring at an uncertain future at the club this summer

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According to a report from El Larguero, the futures of Dani Ceballos and Andriy Lunin at Real Madrid are uncertain, and anything could happen with their careers. 

The main issue the two players are facing is the lack of playing time they face due to intense competition within the team, which is pushing them towards a potential exit.

For Ceballos, the club has communicated that he is free to leave. However, given that he signed a contract extension with a pay raise last year, Real Madrid will not make his departure easy. 

The Spanish club has informed Ceballos that his agents need to bring a significant offer if he wishes to leave. Although the team values him and sees him as part of their squad, they are open to letting him go if a suitable offer comes along. 

They have reportedly set a price of at least €20 million for the former Arsenal midfielder, and the club’s stance indicates that they have ample options within the market and their academy to replace him if necessary.

What about Lunin?

Andriy Lunin will only stay at Real Madrid if offered more game time. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lunin’s situation is more complicated, as both the team and the player want him to stay. However, the presence of Thibaut Courtois as the undisputed starting goalkeeper leaves little room for Lunin to secure a starting position. 

This lack of opportunity has caught the attention of several Premier League teams, with latest reports linking him to Chelsea.

Lunin’s future remains undecided as he contemplates his next move. His indecision is understandable given the challenges he has faced, such as being sidelined by Courtois in crucial matches like the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley. 

The decision Lunin makes will have significant implications for all parties involved. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a possible candidate

However, if he chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no intention of changing their current approach towards him, meaning that he will continue to be the second-choice keeper.

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