Valencia star reveals what Valencia players have been saying about Vinicius Jr

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A lot of attention will be on Real Madrid’s clash with Valencia this weekend.

The match will be the first between the clubs since the game at the Mestalla stadium back in May, which led to a stand closed after fans racially abused Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr.

Valencia midfielder Pepelu has however said that the Valencia players aren’t thinking or talking about Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr.

Pepelu told Marca: “I would tell you that being a young and healthy team we only focus on sports. We haven’t had a single conversation in the locker room about non-sports topics because that makes a lot of noise.

“We are focused on preparing for a nice game at the Bernabéu. It would be a special victory. Abstracting from these issues is what allows us to focus.

“There has not been a single sentence of those extra-sports topics that we know exist.”

He added, “Since we started the week we have been analyzing the game. We have to have a game with a lot of personality despite our youth. Be ambitious and strong in duels. If we do it at the Bernabéu it will work.

“They are all very good, both with the ball and without the ball, but I am happy because I know that with the team we have we can compete with them and put them in trouble.”