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Reinier Jesus talks Borussia Dortmund spell, Real Madrid future, Vinicius Jr

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Signed from Flamengo in January 2020, Reinier Jesus is yet to make his first-team debut for Real Madrid.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder was widely regarded as one of the best young talents in South America when Los Blancos swooped him away. But with the Non-EU spots in the squad taken, they had to loan him out to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020, for two seasons.

However, the two years in Germany were disastrous for the 20-year-old as he played just 39 matches for the Black and Yellows. Looking back at his time with Dortmund, Reinier Jesus told AS that he feels like he lost two years of his career.

“I just wanted to get out of there. I did my part, I trained, I went home and I was there every day. I always arrived on time. I respected all the people who worked at the club. I have a clear conscience,” the Brazilian said in the interview.

Having returned to Real Madrid this past summer, Reinier was shipped out to Girona on loan, where he has finally made his La Liga debut. “It’s a good start, I’m gaining confidence, gaining minutes. I am very happy with this choice for me and my family,” he said about his new club.

As for his future at Real Madrid, Reinier said: “I want to follow my path, whether it’s here or if it’s with another team, the important thing is to be happy, to be well, to be giving your best.”

On the topic of racism, Reinier said that he had not experienced anything during his time in Germany or Spain. However, he expressed solidarity with Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr, who was subjected to racist chants earlier this month by Atletico Madrid supporters.

“It is unfortunate that this happens in today’s world. I sent a message to Vini telling him that he could always count on me. But Vini is very strong,” he said.

Talking about his compatriot’s dancing celebrations, Reinier added: “Brazilians answer everything on the field. If you scored a goal, you have to celebrate it however you want.”

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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