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Real Madrid winger has no plans to change his game despite being targeted by opponents

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Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr has found himself on the receiving end of harsh challenges from opponents on a regular basis this season.

The most recent such occurrence came in Los Blancos’ 3-2 loss to Rayo Vallecano, with their right-back Ivan Balliu even admitting to using intimidation tactics and rough challenges to keep the Brazilian quiet.

Earlier this week, Carlo Ancelotti insisted that the opposition try to provoke Vinicius relentlessly and keep fouling him as he called for protection for his star attacker.

And according to journalist Jorge C Picon, Real Madrid have been aware of this growing trend of opponents targeting Vinicius since last season.

Indeed, the 22-year-old has been fouled as many as 44 times in La Liga this season, which is by far the highest in the competition in 2022/23.

But despite this, Vinicius Junior does not plan on changing the way he plays and will continue to do what he does, given that it is what has brought him to this level and helped him achieve success at Real Madrid.

Los Blancos, however, want him to improve in some aspects, and particularly work on the aspect of not getting dragged into fights and losing his focus which has hurt the team on occasions in the past.

Vinicius started the new season in red-hot form and has bagged ten goals and five assists from 20 matches in all competitions, six of which have come in La Liga.

However, he has only netted just once in his last six league matches. The Brazilian will be hoping to return to his goalscoring ways later tonight against Cadiz and build some momentum as he gets set to fly to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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