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Real Madrid superstar fuels Ancelotti to Brazil rumours: “I believe he wants to…”

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In a season where Karim Benzema has failed to live up to his usual standards, Vinicius Jr has taken over as the difference-maker on the field for Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old winger has been in sublime form this season, scoring eight times and providing four assists in just 25 league appearances for the Merengues. He averages 2.5 shots and two key passes per game and has created nine big chances in the process.

Vinicius is currently on international duty with the Brazilian national team and spoke to GE Globo in depth about Carlo Ancelotti and racism. Here are the highlights from his interview.

The South American protege began his interview with a ground-breaking proclamation on Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti’s future. The Italian has been heavily linked with the vacant Brazil national team manager’s job and Vinicius claimed that Ancelotti could be keen on taking it.

He echoed the thoughts of his compatriot Ederson from earlier in the week saying: “I believe Ancelotti wants to become Brazil’s manager.”

The Brazilian has grown into one of the best players in the world under the Italian tactician in Madrid. He showered praise on his club coach and called him ‘the best’ he has worked with.

“Carlo Ancelotti is the best coach I ever worked with,” the 22-year-old exclaimed.

The interview then shifted direction towards the subject of racism, an atrocity the youngster finds himself prey to every week. Talking about the mental fortitude required to deal with it, he said,

“Not everyone can have the mentality I have, but having to talk about it in every interview is very sad,” he admitted.

Vinicius also spoke about how the continued exposure to racist abuse took a toll on him and how he was slowly opening up about the topic.

“Every day I am maturing and I am becoming better able to talk about it (racism),” Vinicius stated.

Finally, the 22-year-old made an inspiring announcement about his projects off the field and the development he was working on for the upliftment of children in his nation.

“Me and my family are thinking about starting an anti-racist project for the children in Brazil,” he concluded.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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