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La Liga right-back names Real Madrid superstar as the toughest opponent he has faced



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Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr. has won a host of fans at a young age. His antics on the field may be questionable to some, but his quality and professionalism rightly earn him the limelight wherever Los Blancos play.

Injuries have not been kind to the 23-year-old this season, but that has not stopped him from making an impact on the team’s run. He already has four goals and an assist to his name in La Liga with another four goal contributions arriving in the UEFA Champions League.

Couto’s rapid-fire

In a recent media interaction, Girona’s young right-back Yan Couto was put through a gruelling rapid-fire routine where he was asked to fire through some hot questions.

As part of the same, the 21-year-old Brazilian was asked who the most difficult attacker he ever faced was (h/t Madrid Xtra), to which he replied, “Vinicius Jr”.

While admitting that the Real Madrid star was the most challenging opponent he had ever defended against, he also shared his admiration for his compatriot’s skills as he once again names Vinicius as his favourite player with whom he has exchanged kits.

Amongst other questions in the routine were to name a club he loved but did not play for and his childhood idol to which he replied Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively.

It is certainly intriguing, considering that Real Madrid have set sights on Couto as a possible transfer target to reinforce the right-back slot.

Part of a special team

Couto’s evaluation of the best winger he has come up against is significant considering the imperious form his team have been this season.

After all, Girona are level on points with Real Madrid halfway through the season with their only defeat so far coming against the Merengues.

When the two leaders faced off last year, Couto was faced with the direct challenge of stopping Vinicius Jr.

The Brazilian winger, however, was unstoppable, providing two key passes, creating a big chance and completing 100% of his long balls attempted.

If the trend of both teams continues in the same manner, the next time the two Brazilians face-off could well be decisive directly in the title race.

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Real Madrid defender clarifies social media post after exclusion from Spain Euro squad



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With the Spanish domestic season officially complete, all attention in Spain is on the upcoming European Championships.

Transcending the divide of clubs, Luis de la Fuente’s men will head to Germany next month, hoping to better their semifinal finish four years ago.

A big development on that front came earlier today when the RFEF officially announced the manager’s provisional squad for the event.

Recently crowned Spanish champions, Real Madrid, had only three representatives in the squad – Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez and Joselu. Lucas Vazquez, notably, did not earn a call-up.

Vazquez sends a message

With 11 goal contributions in 37 games this season, it is almost astounding that Vazquez was overlooked by the Spanish management. The development, needless to say, came as a surprise to the player as well.

Vazquez soon posted laughing emojis on his official X account, seemingly mocking the coach’s decision to exclude him. He did, however, delete it soon after.

When asked about the tweet, the right-back denied it having anything to do with the Euro selection, saying,

“It had nothing to do with it, I give maximum support to the National Team. In the end, it is the coach who makes the decisions, we must respect him,” he said via COPE.

Set to stay

The 32-year-old right-back’s current contract with Real Madrid runs out this summer, and there has been no clear acceleration of talks between the parties to confirm an extension.

As revealed earlier this month, however, both parties are clear on their intent to continue working together for next season.

Despite his age, Vazquez has proven to be a more than worthy backup for Dani Carvajal and will continue the role in 2024-25.

The club’s hunt for a new young right-back and a long-term replacement, is this likely to be postponed to next summer.

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