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Real Madrid superstar is the best in 1v1 situations, says Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo

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As Real Madrid prepare to face Barcelona for the second time this month, Blaugrana defender Ronald Araujo has admitted that Vinicius Jr. is currently the number one player when it comes to one-on-one situations.

Both Vinicius and Araujo have produced scintillating displays over the past few games for their teams, but the latter has had the upper hand in their direct duels.

The most recent encounter was the Copa del Rey semi-final clash where the Uruguayan came out on top in the contest.

Interestingly enough, every time Araujo has been used as a right-back against Real Madrid by Xavi, Barcelona have won the match. In fact, it must be noted that in two of those three matches, Madrid have failed to score a goal.

During the Supercopa de Espana final in January this year, Barcelona defeated Madrid 3-1 with goals coming from Gavi, Pedri and Robert Lewandowski. Throughout the game, Araujo proved to be a total menace to Vinicius.

In March 2022, Barcelona beat Madrid 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Although the defeat did not mean anything for Carlo Ancelotti’s men as they were already confirmed as the champions of the league, the win was important for Barcelona in their Champions League qualification process.

For now, the two teams are gearing up for the upcoming El Clasico, to be played on Sunday at Camp Nou. Speaking ahead of the game, Araujo had nothing but kind words for Vinicius.

“For me today, Vinicius is number one in one-on-one. He is a very good player, very unbalancing. It’s difficult, obviously. But he worked to be able to give his best in matches like this. I’m glad things are going well,” the defender told ESPN (h/t Diario AS).

The 24-year-old also spoke about the 4-0 win last season. Interestingly, Araujo was not only successful in minimizing Vinicius’ threat, but he ended up on the scoresheet.

“It was very important for us because we were coming from a tough time, and after losing several games with Madrid. I think that game was like turning that around a bit, saying ‘here we are, we’re coming back’,” he said.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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