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Valverde: Mo Salah ‘disrespected Real Madrid badge’ by saying he wanted Champions League revenge

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Federico Valverde has ratcheted up the tension ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League final this weekend, claiming Mohamed Salah ‘disrespected’ the Spanish side. 

Salah’s Liverpool face Los Blancos in the European showpiece at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.

After beating Villarreal in the semi-final, the Egyptian had said he would rather play Real than their last-four opponents Manchester City in the final because he wanted to avenge their final defeat against the same opponents in 2018.

Salah told BT Sport in May: ’I want to play Madrid, I have to be honest. City are a really tough team, we played against them a few times this season, but I think if you ask me personally, I would prefer Madrid.

‘Because we lost in the final against them, I want to play against them, and hopefully win against them.’

But Valverde told Marca that the forward’s comments were disrespectful to the club’s badge and its players, and insisted they would serve as extra motivation for the final. 

Federico Valverde has ramped up the tension before Real Madrid's Champions League final Federico Valverde has ramped up the tension before Real Madrid's Champions League final

Federico Valverde has ramped up the tension before Real Madrid’s Champions League final

Valverde claimed Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's comments 'disrespected' the Spanish side Valverde claimed Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's comments 'disrespected' the Spanish side

Valverde claimed Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s comments ‘disrespected’ the Spanish side

He said: ’Obviously they’re words that everyone can take however they want. I’m his opponent and it’s like disrespecting the Real Madrid badge, the players… 

‘The only thing we must do is give our best, try to show why we’re in the final and let’s hope we can give another trophy to the fans and to Real Madrid.’

The Uruguayan also hailed his side’s supporters for helping to inspire the Champions League comebacks against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Salah had said he would rather play Real in the final than Manchester City so is side could avenge their Champions League final defeat in 2018 against the same opponents (pictured) Salah had said he would rather play Real in the final than Manchester City so is side could avenge their Champions League final defeat in 2018 against the same opponents (pictured)

Salah had said he would rather play Real in the final th…

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