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‘Have to stop you’: Details of altercation between Real Madrid and Celta Vigo stars

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Vinicius Jr. was once again the centre of attention during Real Madrid’s stellar 4-0 win over Celta Vigo this past weekend.

Although Real Madrid did not have to break any sweat in defeating Celta, there was one incident that sparked controversy.

During the early stages of the second half, with Real Madrid holding only a narrow 1-0 advantage, Vinicius expertly got the better of Javier Manquillo using his pace.

The Brazilian was through on goal, only to be blatantly pulled back by former Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza.

Details of Mingueza’s altercation with Vinicius

While Mingueza aimed to prevent the forward’s progress without risking injury, Vinicius reacted strongly, echoing frustrations from previous matches.

Vinicius’ recent struggles against RB Leipzig mirrored his frustration against Celta, both instances resulting in only a caution.

Mingueza, however, remained composed throughout, attempting to defuse the situation with conciliatory gestures, emphasizing the need to halt Vinicius’ advance.

Oscar Mingueza explained Vinicius that he had to take one for the team (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

In an attempt to douse the flames, Mingueza even screamed (h/t SPORT), “I have to stop you, I have to stop you.” 

Despite Mingueza’s efforts, Vinicius remained aggrieved, prompting teammate Lucas Vázquez to intervene, adding to the tension on the pitch.

Even when Vazquez entered the fray, notably pushing Mingueza, the former Barcelona defender tried to explain, stating, “I’m talking to you well, I’m talking to you well.”

Ultimately, Vinicius was handed a yellow card for losing control. The Brazilian, though, received support from his teammates.

For much of the second half, it appeared that Mingueza’s blatant tactical foul had worked, with Real Madrid unable to break the shackles of the opposition defence.

Eventually, however, two own goals, coupled with Arda Guler’s maiden goal ensured a comfortable 4-0 victory over Los Blancos, who maintain their splendid lead at the top of the league table.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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