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Real Madrid star Fede Valverde to face a four-match ban over Alex Baena incident



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According to the latest report from COPE, there is an update on the possible sanctions that Real Madrid star Federico Valverde could face for his altercation with Alex Baena this past season.

Valverde and Baena were involved in an unsavoury incident outside the Santiago Bernabeu after Villarreal’s La Liga game against Los Blancos on April 8.

The Real Madrid midfielder ended up punching his Villarreal counterpart for alleged derogatory comments made towards his wife and child. The Spaniard was left with a bruise on his face.

While Baena refused to have said anything of that sort, the Uruguayan international remained firm on his side of the story as well.

Given the nature of the incident, it was under investigation by the Competitions Committee.

And now, an investigating judge has recommended the committee impose a four-match suspension on Valverde, which would be applied at the start of the 2023/24 season.

If the midfielder is indeed hit with a four-match suspension, he would miss the matches against Athletic Club (A), UD Almeria (A), Celta Vigo (A), and the first home game of the campaign against Getafe.

Valverde’s absence will be a blow, especially at the start of the season, given how important he is to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

Real Madrid have the resources in midfield to cope with his absence, especially with the return of Brahim Diaz and the signing of Jude Bellingham this summer.

An official declaration from the Competitions Committee is yet to arrive, but all signs point towards Valverde being sanctioned at least for four matches, with some reports suggesting that it could be even five.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.

Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.

Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.

Real Madrid impressed by Endrick

Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.

The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.

And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.

Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Endrick also learning new languages

Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.

The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.

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