The 26-year-old was seeking game time away from the Los Blancos this summer with Premier League pair Arsenal and Manchester United interested. Failing to secure such a move, he showed anger at being left on the bench during Real Madrid's win over Mallorca.
returned to the top of the table after continuing their winning run with a 4-1 victory overMallorca
on Sunday.Vedat Muriqi
opened up the score-sheet in the 35th minute before Federico Valverde canceled Mallorca’s goal in the stoppage time of the first half.Vinicius Junior
, Rodrygo, andAntonio Ruediger
scored in the second-half to complete Real Madrid's come-back.
was left on the bench for the match as he just earned 17 minutes for Madrid across all competitions this season. AfterDani Carvajal
replaced the injured Lucas Vazquez in the 71st minute, the winger showed his anger by throwing his bib to the ground while kicking a water bottle.
empathizes with the Spaniard. He told his post-match interview:
"We were preparing if we didn't make it 2-1 to put Mariano and Asensio in. Lucas has been injured, and we only had one window, and I didn't think about making that change.
"If he is angry, I agree with him. It's normal, it means you want to play, feel important. In this period, he has been the most affected player in the squad and I take that into account. I totally agree with his anger, nothing happens."
the Italian added:
"You are a leader when you are an example, and Federico is very, very important to us.
"He is doing very well, he is still very humble and this can help him to be a leader in the future. Here, we have many leaders who are leaders with examples, not with language. This is very important."
Real Madrid will next faceRB Leipzig
in the Champions League on Wednesday before a derby againstAtletico
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