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Vinicius Jr proud of his efforts against racism, feels ‘stronger than ever’ – report



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As Carlo Ancelotti began taking questions after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano late on Wednesday night, it appeared as though Vinicius Jr was the only topic raised by the journalists. There was not much talk about the win or the goalscorers on the night as question after question poured in about the Brazilian’s situation.

The Italian manager patiently provided an update on his ward and confirmed that Vinicius continued to be motivated, despite the racial abuse he suffered earlier in the week.

“His morale is just fine. All the support he has received in the last few days has been good for him. I don’t think there will be any more cases of racism because we’ve all become aware of it and things are going to improve very quickly.”

AS echo the manager’s information about Vinicius. The Spanish outlet maintains that Vinicius is feeling stronger than ever before. Sources close to the player report that he feels proud of his actions on the field and on social media. After all, it has brought the topic of racism in football, particularly in Spain, to the fore and is finally spreading awareness.

While the Brazilian has been subject to similar slur several times this season already, the scenes at Valencia saw Spanish football hit a new low. Multiple eminent personalities came out openly in favour of the young winger and stood by his side in the war against discrimination.

His open war against Javier Tebas on social media only fuelled the fire. The player’s reaction triggered an awakening in the authorities responsible, and both Valencia and specific offenders were handed sanctions.

Valencia announced a lifetime ban for all supporters caught pioneering the racial abuse on the night. However, the Mestalla-based club could not escape punishment themselves as the Competition Committee demanded them to partially close the stadium for five games in addition to an economic fine.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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