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La Liga defender fires shot at Vinicius Jr amid fouling controversy: “There’s a reason why”

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Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr is the most fouled player in La Liga this season and has been the subject of harsh treatment in multiple games.

The forward himself has complained about his treatment by La Liga defenders multiple times in the past while Real Madrid, too, have issued concern about the same.

In a recent interview, RCD Mallorca defender Pablo Maffeo, who has had a few altercations with Vinicius in the past, was asked about the Brazilian. The former Stuttgart starlet offered an interesting response, accusing the player of a poor attitude toward opposition players.

“Maybe it’s not that we all hate Vinicius, it’s that there’s a reason why. When you’re hot and he tells you you’re going down to the 2nd division, it stings, it stings inside,” he said (h/t MARCA).

Maffeo explained the situation around Vinicius, suggesting that the Brazilian, too, might be to blame for the way defenders treat him.

At school, they told me that I was behaving badly, and my mother told me that it couldn’t be that all the teachers had a bad thing for me. ‘You may have also done bad things,’ she told me, and I think the same thing happens with Vinicius,” he added.

Pablo Maffeo’s comments on Vinicius come just weeks before Real Madrid lock horns with Mallorca in La Liga, at the start of February. The two players are likely to be pitted against each other once again.

Vinicius will be certainly hoping to prove a point, but the Brazilian may once again receive another harsh treatment from the Mallorca defensive line that involves Maffeo.

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  1. Pat Grey

    January 25, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    Vinicius sometimes invites fouls by holding on to the ball unnecessarily longer, and by his sometimes senseless dribbles! If he wants to reach his full potential, Biniciius must learn how to quickly pass balls to his team mates when he realizes he cannot zip his way through a pack of players! Messi does that all the time, and that, among other talents he has, has made him arguably the best player in modern football.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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