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Real Madrid superstar advised to change his attitude by Barcelona legend: “He is a great player”

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Speaking at a public appearance today, former Barcelona captain and footballing legend Carles Puyol has advised Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr. to work on his attitude.

Vinicius Jr. has been in the limelight in Spain as he is constantly targeted by opposition fans in away stadiums, with the Brazilian winger subjected to racist abuse quite regularly.

Building up to the first El Clasico of the season last month, a Barcelona spokesperson had lashed out at the Real Madrid forward, following which the 23-year-old went on to receive racist insults during the game against the Catalans.

Vinicius a difference-maker, but needs attitude change

Speaking about the matter, Puyol claimed that Vinicius is a great player and deserves to be admired at every stadium he plays, and if the Brazilian were to change his attitude, he would receive more love and recognition.

As quoted by SPORT, the former Barcelona captain said: “I would love to talk to him as a fellow footballer and tell him what I think and what I feel.

“He is a great player who makes a difference and should be admired in every field. If he would change his attitude he would get more recognition.”

Carles Puyol wants to speak to Vinicius Jr. (Photo by JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images)

A mixed start to the season

After his exploits over the past couple of seasons, Vinicius Jr. has not enjoyed the best start to the current campaign.

The Brazilian has scored three goals and set up three more in 11 games but has not performed at the level expected of him, especially considering that he is Real Madrid’s main attacker following Karim Benzema’s exit.

The 23-year-old, who signed a new contract until 2027 recently, was unable to inspire Real Madrid to a victory against Rayo Vallecano last night, with his antics on the field catching more attention than his performance.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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