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Real Madrid dealt blow as Chelsea captain makes decision on future amid interest

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In their bid to beef up their defensive options, Real Madrid have closely kept track of the Premier League in recent years.

One of their long-term targets is Reece James, with the Englishman emerging as an ideal replacement option for Dani Carvajal in the right-back position.

James currently plies his trade for Chelsea, but it is believed the Premier League giants could look to offload him at the end of the season, in an effort to balance the books.

James has no desire to leave Chelsea

However, as reported by the Express, it appears James has no plans to leave Stamford Bridge anytime soon and would like to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.

James is currently the club captain at Chelsea. However, his season has been marred by a series of injuries. In his absence, Malo Gusto has done a superb job.

Chelsea, as a result, might have considered offers for the English international in the coming summer, especially with the Blues reportedly needing a revenue injection of more than €100 million in order to avoid running into financial turmoil.

Reece James wants to stay at Chelsea (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Chelsea refute that figure, the sale of James could indeed have been beneficial for Chelsea, particularly due to the Englishman’s high valuation.

Blow for Real Madrid?

However, Reece James’ desire to continue at Stamford Bridge serves as a blow for not only Chelsea but also Real Madrid.

As mentioned earlier, the Spanish giants are looking for a replacement for the ageing Carvajal. James could have been a superb option due to his experience and leadership qualities.

But with the Englishman keen on staying at Chelsea, Los Blancos may have to shift focus to other alternatives in the market.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is very much on the agenda, with the Englishman’s contract expiring in 2025.

The club are reportedly keeping tabs on Leeds United starlet Archie Gray, though the youngster does lack the experience to make an immediate impact at the Bernabeu.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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