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Real Madrid veteran comes out in defence of Vinicius Jr after Mallorca defeat

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Real Madrid’s title hopes diminished when the reigning Spanish champions stumbled to a 1-0 defeat to RCD Mallorca, essentially giving Barcelona the opportunity to extend their lead to eight points when they meet Sevilla later this evening.

During the game, Vinicius Jr was once again in the thick of things – this time only for the wrong reasons. The Brazilian did not have a good game, but more importantly, he was the subject of rough treatment by the Mallorca defenders while the fans booed him whenever he touched the ball.

Moreover, Vinicius was involved in a bust-up with Mallorca captain Antonio Raillo, who asked the Brazilian to kiss the Mallorca shirt. It was a response aimed at the attacker after he was spotted kissing the Real Madrid logo in front of the Mallorca fans, just after half-time.

In the aftermath of all this, Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez spoke to the media, where he has come out in defence of the Brazilian, urging the media to leave him out of the spotlight.

“An environment is being created around him that doesn’t benefit anyone. Neither the player, nor the team. The fans mess with the kid and we have to put the controversies and nonsense aside because they don’t benefit anyone,” said Nacho (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

This is not the first time Vinicius has been a victim of rough treatment by fans and opposition defenders. The Real Madrid forward, after all, is the most fouled player in La Liga, who has also been a victim of racist slurs in the past this season.

Following the Mallorca game, it appears there is no end in sight for Vinicius and his altercations with the opposition players and fans.

The youngster, though, will be hoping to put all this behind him when Real Madrid travel to Morocco in midweek for the FIFA Club World Cup.

However, it must be noted that Vinicius has been ruled out of Real Madrid’s next game in La Liga against Elche, having picked up his fifth yellow card of this season during the clash against Mallorca.

Meanwhile, Nacho, who scored an own goal to hand Mallorca the win, also discussed what went wrong for Real Madrid in the game, saying:

“It was a complicated game, they defended and worked very well and we weren’t good enough to create chances. Their goal was just bad luck, just football, I touched it with my head and it went into the top corner.”

“It’s a shame because we’ve lost three points, we knew it would be a tight and complicated game because of the timing, because we didn’t have much time to rest… it’s a shame,” he added.

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Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report

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Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.

Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.

The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.

A potential departure

As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.

Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.

Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.

A top target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.

Agreement complete

As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.

As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.

Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.

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