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Mallorca defender wanted standing ovation for fouling Vinicius Jr, reveals manager

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Real Madrid’s La Liga title defence took a turn for the worse as they fell to a shock 1-0 defeat to RCD Mallorca away at Son Moix today. The loss allows Barcelona an opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the table to eight points later today when they face Sevilla.

While Los Blancos’ diminishing hopes of retaining the title are a huge concern, it was Vinicius Jr once again who dominated the headlines.

The 22-year-old forward was always going to be the centre of attraction given the comments that some Mallorca defenders had made against him leading into the game.

Antonio Raillo had targeted the Real Madrid superstar, claiming that he would not want his children to idolise him. Sometime before that, Pablo Maffeo had also made comments against the Brazilian winger, saying:

“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.”

The rivalries resumed very early in the game at Son Moix, as Vinicius was repeatedly overcrowded and fouled (10 times) while the home fans also booed and whistled at him at every given opportunity.

The animosity towards Vinicius has grown to such an extent within the Mallorca camp that Maffeo, who was in a direct battle against the Brazilian, wanted to be subbed off after he fouled the Real Madrid ace so that he could get a standing ovation from the fans.

This has been revealed by Mallorca manager Javier Aguirre himself, who, speaking after the game, said (h/t El Chiringuito TV): “Maffeo asked to sub him out because he wanted a standing ovation (for fouling Vinícius). I know him.”

Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez and manager Carlo Ancelotti came to the defence of Vinicius after the game as the Brazilian continues to be targeted by opponents.

The 22-year-old picked up his fifth yellow card of the season today and will thus miss the next La Liga game against Elche.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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