A bundle of confusion ensued in the Real Madrid vs Getafe game last night, when Carlo Ancelotti tried to bring on Alvaro Odriozola in place of Marco Asensio in the 84th minute.
It was going to be Real Madrid’s fifth change of the game, but just as when Asensio was about to subbed off, Eduardo Camavinga asked to be substituted instead, as he had twisted his knee and was not able to continue.
At that point, Odriozola had already entered the field of play and the fourth official had already signalled the substitution. But he suddenly called Asensio back, in order to allow Camavinga to be substituted instead.
This period of confusion has led to fears in the Real Madrid camp that the team might face a sanction for “improper alignment”, which could result in an automatic 3-0 loss to Los Blancos.
However, as reported by MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid will not be penalised as Asensio had not left the field of play when Camavinga asked to be taken off. As a result, the club technically not did violate the rules and should not be penalised.
According to the laws of the game, “The substitution is completed when a substitute enters the field of play; from that moment, the replaced player becomes a substituted player.”
This could once again cause a bit of confusion but given that Asensio had not left the field, the situation can be interpreted as Camavinga as the player who was ‘replaced’.
While it still remains uncertain Real Madrid will get penalised, Diario AS reports the referee Juan Martinez Munuera could be given a penalty for failing to comply to the laws of the game.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.