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Real Madrid to battle Chelsea, Man City for 20-year-old Bundesliga defender – Romano

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Josko Gvardiol lit up the footballing world and sparked interest from clubs across the world, including Real Madrid, with his run at the FIFA World Cup.

As a regular starter for the Croatian International team in Qatar, he single-handedly held the side’s defence on numerous occasions and was one of the biggest reasons for their third-place finish.

Real Madrid did not take long to jump into the race to sign him, but it soon became increasingly clear that the move would be complicated. Gvardiol was said to be happy at RB Leipzig and wished to continue at the club beyond the summer.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano via Wettfreunde, the race to sign the centre-back has once again opened. Real Madrid will have to battle it out against Chelsea and Manchester City for his signature, with both Premier League sides seriously interested.

Earlier this month, the youngster issued an official update about his future and said that he would stay in Germany for the foreseeable future.

“My plan is that I stay here. I think everyone has seen Max Eberl’s statement. I’m okay with that,” he had said.

While a move in January is ruled out, Los Blancos will certainly look to push the limit and sign him in June. Given that David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger are both crossing 30 years of age, a young centre-back to start alongside Eder Militao, in the long run, could be a smart addition.

In 13 Bundesliga appearances for Leipzig this season, the 20-year-old defender has overseen one clean sheet and averages over five defensive actions per game.

In the World Cup, Gvardiol recorded a whopping ten defensive actions per ninety minutes and helped Croatia to two clean sheets in six games.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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