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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez speaks out against racist abuse of Vinicius Jr

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After having held a meeting and talked privately with Vinicius Jr yesterday, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has sent out a strong message against the racist abuse that the Brazilian international has faced.

The 22-year-old has been repeatedly targeted with racist slurs by opposition fans. It happened against Atletico Madrid, Mallorca, Real Valladolid and more recently at the Mestalla when the Merengues played Valencia this past weekend.

The situation got out of hand and the referee failed to deal with the matter appropriately, with manager Carlo Ancelotti criticising officials for not stopping the match.

Meanwhile, Vinicius has hit out at La Liga and the RFEF for their lack of action in the matter as well, with the league president Javier Tebas coming under intense pressure for his tactless handling of the situation.

Earlier today, manager Ancelotti called on La Liga and the Spanish Federation to take concrete actions against racists and now Perez has echoed those sentiments, saying (h/t MARCA):

“I want to announce that Real Madrid will not tolerate any more racist incidents with our players. The refereeing structure must be changed so that the victim of the crime does not bear the responsibility as it is happening now.”

Following the incident, Vinicius has received a wave of support from footballers, past and present, as well as personalities from other sports and completely other fields.

There have been some reports that the 22-year-old might have doubts about continuing at the club after the series of unfortunate events. But, Ancelotti, in his press conference, stated that the thought is not on Vinicius’ mind as he loves Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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