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Real Madrid ‘worried’ about Vinicius Jr after Mallorca aggression – report

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Vinicius Jr’s lively performance against Mallorca over the weekend was breathtaking, to say the least. All that showboating, however, came at a price as he suffered the most fouls during the match.

Mallorca were always supposed to be defensive, but apart from restricting Madrid from scoring, at which they failed, head coach Javier Aguirre had devised a plan to stop Vinicius.

The Brazil international was causing all sorts of problems from the left flank and this is when taunting and the pathetic escapade started. As reported earlier, Vinicius was a subject of intense ridicule, something that was done from the Mallorca bench.

The noises that were heard from the away bench were urging those on the field to ‘break’ the young forward. Outraged by the incident, the 22-year-old raced towards the away dugout for confrontation.

It was unexpected by the Brazilian, but it had to be done. Fair points to captain Toni Kroos though as he managed to prevent what could have been an ugly conflict.

“What happens on the pitch stays there,” said Javier Aguirre in his post-match conference. While it’s fairly right in some context, Spanish publication MARCA reports that Real Madrid are growing increasingly worried about the star Brazilian after the game.

Nothing negative in that regard, but the Mallorca players did succeed in getting into his head. They did not want him to calm down and they did it to perfection.

And so, the concern becomes even more alarming as Madrid believe instances like these could become frequent. The team want to protect their prized asset at all costs and the leaders, such as Kroos, Luka Modric and even Carlo Ancelotti are working on it.

The latter, for that matter, was heard “silence, silence” in the middle of the game. For Vinicius, it was one of those instances where he got carried away. The Brazilian has told the club leaders that his only aim is to play good football and stay away from controversies.

Vinicius is asking for respect, something that was lost during the Mallorca encounter and it made him vulnerable to a great extent, so much so that team manager Chendo had to escort him from the pitch after the win.

The Brazilian has made a splendid start to the season and, along with compatriot Rodrygo, is spearheading Real Madrid’s title defence. It will be important for him to keep calm during situations such as the one during the Mallorca game and rise beyond it.

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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