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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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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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