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Real Madrid academy product wants to stay and fight for a first-team spot

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Real Madrid saw a number of academy graduates leave the club last summer in search of regular first-team minutes.

Sergio Arribas, Carlos Dotor, and Marvin Park were some of those players who chose to move on after cutting their teeth with Castilla while Rafa Marin also departed on loan to Deportivo Alaves.

Given the plethora of superstars in the first-team setup, it is not always easy for youngsters to break into the squad.

Mario Martin to stay

But that is not discouraging young midfielder Mario Martin, who is determined to stay at Real Madrid and fight for a spot in the first-team squad next season, as per MARCA.

The 20-year-old midfielder is one of the most valued young players at Real Madrid and has been on Carlo Ancelotti’s radars for over a year now.

Martin was determined to leave the club this summer to make the leap to the elite after two years as an undisputed starter with Castilla.

Mario Martin determined to stay. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the impending retirement of Toni Kroos and doubts over the future of Dani Ceballos have seemingly convinced the La Fabrica graduate to change his stance.

Now, Martin has changed his mind about his immediate future and has decided to stay and fight for a place in the first team.

Eager to make the most of his opportunity

Mario Martin is determined to stay and has already informed Real Madrid as much. He wants to make the most of his chances of making a place in Ancelotti’s dressing room.

Apart from Kroos’ departure and Ceballos’ potential exit, Martin’s decision is also influenced by the fact that Ancelotti likes him a lot.

Furthermore, Martin’s confidence was also boosted by seeing himself in the last two call-ups against Alaves and Villarreal, games in which he also had minutes.

Martin has been called up to the first-team squad 20 times in total, in which he has four appearances. The youngster believes that he can gain more minutes next season and as such is determined to stay on.

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National embarrassment: Real Madrid star faces backlash over poor NT display

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Vinicius Jr., the star forward for Real Madrid and a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or, has faced heavy criticism for his recent performances with the Brazil national team. 

Despite his impressive displays at Real Madrid, Vinicius has recently struggled to live up to expectations in Brazil’s preparatory matches for the Copa America.

Brazilian fans and analysts had high hopes for Vinicius, expecting him to take on a leadership role in the national team’s attack, especially after the season he had with Madrid. 

Unfortunately, he has not managed to replicate his club form in these recent games. This situation mirrors what happened when he first joined Real Madrid, where his inconsistent performances initially raised doubts about his abilities.

Ballon d’Or in doubt?

In the lead-up to the Copa America, Brazil played two friendly matches. They narrowly defeated Mexico 3-2 and drew 1-1 with the United States. 

During these games, players like Endrick and Rodrygo stepped up, scoring crucial goals. However, Vinicius failed to make a significant impact, which has led to widespread disappointment among fans and media in Brazil.

Vinicius Jr. has scored just three goals for Brazil.(Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

For what it is worth, Vinicius’ last goal for Brazil dates back to June 17, 2023, when he scored against Guinea in a 4-1 win in a friendly match. In competitive matches, his last international goal dates back to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This underwhelming performance has resulted in sharp criticism towards the forward, who is considered one of the top candidates for the Ballon d’Or. 

Interestingly, his chances of winning this prestigious award heavily depend on his showing in the upcoming Copa America, which begins this week. 

Public opinion and the press in Brazil suggest that unless he drastically improves and leads his team to victory, his hopes for the award are slim.

Deserved criticism

Critics argue that Vinicius’s level of play with the national team is far below what he delivers at Real Madrid. 

They point out his poor goal-scoring record for Brazil, having only netted three times in 30 appearances, which is seen as unacceptable for a player of his calibre. 

Analysts are particularly disappointed by his inability to finish chances, dribble effectively, make successful passes, and escape defenders to create scoring opportunities.

Vinicius is also criticized for making poor decisions on the field. Commentators have noted that he doesn’t have the same impact with the national team as he does with Real Madrid. 

This echoes the concerns from his early days at the Spanish club, where he was praised for his persistence but criticized for his poor decision-making and lack of precision.

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