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Kylian Mbappe speaks out on Vinicius Jr, racism in football: “We must do more”

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Florentino Perez has been working towards Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid for a long time now. The Frenchman looked poised to make the dream move this summer, but things haven’t quite worked out as Los Blancos hoped for.

There is once again a cloud of doubt over Mbappe’s immediate future. With the player unwilling to let go of his economic bonuses and PSG not prepared to let him leave on a free transfer, the two parties are stuck in an endless loop.

Not much can thus be said on the matter. Reports suggest that PSG are offering a contract extension with improved terms, and Real Madrid will hope the player does end up making his way to the Bernabeu this time out.

On Tuesday, the French star gave an interview with NCI Sports (h/t MARCA) and touched upon a number of topics barring his future. In fact, Andres Onrubia reports that it was a pre-agreed condition to not cover the controversial topic.

One of the subjects touched upon during the interaction was of racism in today’s football. Mbappe gave a special mention to Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and the repeated targetted racist attacks at him while giving his firm opinion on the matter.

“The players must do more against racism. We have started but we must do more. We must discuss with the authorities. Vinicius has suffered but he is not the only one, we must not leave the door open to that type of conduct.”

The PSG star then strongly condemned the practice of jeering players based on their colour and called for it to be stopped in the upcoming campaign.

“Question of racism? It is impossible for this to happen in 2023. The last case was Vinicius but there are many more cases. We cannot allow these behaviors to happen.”

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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