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Real Madrid mulling over internal sanctions for Fede Valverde after Alex Baena incident



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Federico Valverde is the biggest talking point in Real Madridd ever since his famous parking lot debacle with Alex Baena last weekend. The Uruguayan did not hold back his rage and punched the Villarreal player in the face, and the entire sequence was caught on camera.

The ethical viewpoint behind Valverde’s actions will be debated for a long time, but there are no doubts that the player’s aggression will see him face punishment on criminal grounds.

Some reports suggest a four to five-game layoff for the player while others state that he will not face a sporting sanction because the incident took place outside the field of play.

A final decision on his sanction is expected soon, especially with the anti-violence commission stepping in on Monday. Meanwhile, Baena has also filed a complaint against Valverde with the National Police.

According to reports from Cadena SER, Valverde’s problems do not end there. Real Madrid, who have not released any official statement of their stance on the Valverde-Baena case, see the midfielder’s assault to be against their internal code of conduct. Thus, the player could face an internal sanction from the Merengues.

A moment of impulsive action could thus be the undoing of what has been a stellar season for Real Madrid this season. A sporting ban looks certain, either from the central body or the internal sanction.

The 24-year-old has appeared in 27 of Los Blancos’ 28 La Liga games so far this season, scoring seven goals and providing two assists in the process. He has created five big chances and averages 1.4 key passes per game.

Valverde is expected to feature later tonight when Real Madrid take on Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League as confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti. With the events of Saturday fresh in his mind, it remains to be seen as to which version of the player steps onto the turf.

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract



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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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