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'We are professionals' - Vinicius Jr responds to Karim Benzema controversy

This comes after Benzema was overheard telling team-mates not to pass the Brazilian the ball during a Champions League match

 
5:57pm on Thursday 19th November 2020
By
Cameron Smith

Vinicius Jr has shut down the recent controversy with Karim Benzema and claimed that his relationship with the French forward is 'excellent'.

The Brazilian was asked by ABC about Benzema's outburst last month, in which the striker told Ferland Mendy: "He does what he wants. Brother, don't play with him! My mother's life. He is playing against us," at half-time in a Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.

But Vinicius insists the incident has already been forgotten and that he wants to move forward, stating: "It was noise. This noise is not for me. Between football professionals, we know very well what there is.

"There are codes you don't know. Karim and I are not just team-mates, we are professionals and we know the environment in which we operate.

"My relationship with Karim is excellent.”

Vinicius moved to Real Madrid from Flamengo for £40.5m in 2018, and will be hoping the incident doesn't have an impact on the pitch as he tries to establish himself as a regular at the Bernabeu this season, having been a bit-part player for the past two campaigns.

With two goals in the league already this term, just one short of his tally for the whole of last season, he is doing all he can to ensure he's a permanent fixture in the side amid competition from Eden Hazard and Rodrygo.

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