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Valverde-Baena incident not mentioned in referee’s official match report

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Controversy ensued after Real Madrid’s defeat to Villarreal last night when Federico Valverde punched winger Alex Baena.

The Real Madrid star waited in the bus area and then punched Baena, according to Villarreal and the player’s entourage. The incident was linked to an earlier event in January, where Baena had apparently made a very ugly comment to Fede.

“Cry now that your son is not going to be born,” he had reportedly said three months ago. The player was referring to the baby that, at the time, thought will not be born.

The doctors had given the couple a very poor prognosis for the case, which pushed Valverde to the edge of a psychological breakdown. Later, however, the player and his partner found out the baby was healthy which also led to Valverde’s thumb-sucking celebration in the Club World Cup final.

Seeking retribution for Baena’s comments, Valverde waited in the car park area, after the game was over. Valverde had told Baena he would wait for him outside while stating that ‘family always comes first’.

According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, the referee for the game Javier Alberola Rojas did not write about the incident in his official report after the match.

Meanwhile, Baena’s entourage insists they do not know why Valverde hit the Villarreal midfielder. The player himself had taken to social media to state that the claims coming from the Real Madrid star’s camp were untrue.

Police were present at the scene and have taken statements from the involved parties. Meanwhile, Villarreal are understood to have the incident on video, but will not be pressing any charges.

The decision is now up to Baena on whether or not he wants to report the incident. If Villarreal or the midfielder were to report it to the RFEF Competitions Committee, it could lead to Valverde facing sporting sanctions.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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