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Serie A forward warned against joining Real Madrid: “End up being one of many”



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Former AC Milan and Italy legend Filippo Inzaghi has warned Rafael Leao against joining clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City as he might end up getting lost in the mix.

The Portuguese forward has emerged as the face of Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan side and played an important role in the Rossoneri’s Serie A title triumph last season. He has continued in the same vein of form this term as well, bagging seven goals and nine assists from 20 matches.

Leao’s exploits in Lombardy have put him on the radars of elite clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The fact that his contract with the Italian champions expires in 18 months and talks over a new deal have not progressed as planned has led to fuel speculations about his future.

However, Inzaghi, a former AC Milan superstar and legend has warned Leao that the grass is not always greener on the other side, instead urging him to stay put at San Siro and become the ‘flagbearer’ for the Rossoneri.

In an interview with Corriere della Serra (h/t Football Italia), Inzaghi said: “If I were him, I would stay. For me, Milan has always been the best. To wear that shirt, to play at San Siro.

“A few years ago, maybe you could think about aspiring to something more prestigious, because Milan was becoming great again, but now they won the Scudetto, they make their way in the Champions League.

“Leao is strong, but he can be even stronger. I hope he will be convinced. Here he can be a protagonist, at the centre of the project.

“The risk is that at City or Real he will then end up being one of many. If I could give him a piece of advice, I would tell him to become a flagbearer for Milan, something unique.”

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid are willing to make a move for the Portuguese international next summer, considering that they have plans to sign Jude Bellingham, who will command a significant sum of money for his signing.

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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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