Spanish Football Aduriz deserves to play the Copa del Rey final with supporters present
Athletic Club want to face Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey final with Aritz Aduriz present and with a crowd in the stands, and the veteran goalscorer deserves nothing less.
The Basque club aren’t in control of whether fans will be allowed into the stadium or not for the showpiece event, with that likely to be a decision made by the Spanish government when the time comes.
However, they are hoping to be able to ensure Aduriz remains with the club until he can play the match, even if that takes until he is 39, 40 or 41 years old, not that there has been any indication there will be that long a wait.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Monday has also revealed more pictures of players in their homes as Neymar showed his mansion’s heliport in Rio de Janeiro, whilst Alphonse Areola flaunted a sculpture in his Madrid villa.
There was also the small matter of Alvaro Morata and the picture he uploaded of himself next to a lake, one which he claims is on his property, but everyone knows that he lives in a communal area in the Spanish capital. Did he leave confinement, or was it just a photo from another day?
Extra time is what Athletic Club will grant Aduriz with a contract renewal that will run until the Copa del Rey final is played, and if that is in May 2021, then they will have the player for another season.
Despite his wish to retire at 37, the club has no intention of not looking after a club legend, and they will stop at nothing to ensure Aduriz plays in the final.
Which is more surprising: the tremendous helipad that Neymar has at his house, or the typical two-metre sculpture that Areola has in his humble abode? There is also the Lake Michigan tribute act that Morata claims is his own. It is more likely to be in one of the common areas of the complex, where walking is also prohibited.
LaLiga and the RFEF press releases are already causing headaches. The true football fan cares nothing about this war, they just want their team to jump onto the field every Sunday, that there is a ball and a referee who doesn’t make mistakes. The rest doesn’t matter to them.
The latest statement is from LaLiga, assuring that it will not attend the coronavirus follow-up meetings called by the RFEF, and announced a complaint against the federation for the leaking of audio recordings. A complaint that Javier Tebas, as a good lawyer, knows won’t be successful because neither recording the video or filtering it is illegal, even if it is ethically frowned upon.
Barcelona can’t find a buyer for Ousmane Dembele, valued at 60 million euros and it will cost Real Madrid to even give Gareth Bale away because of his monumental salary. Two players have quickly become headaches for their clubs.