LaLiga Santander - Real Madrid: Vinicius will play for Real Madrid's youth team against Cultural

Mission accomplished After being sacrificed from Real Madrid's match day squad against Espanyol on Saturday by Julen Lopetegui, Vinicius will travel to Leon with the Castilla side to face Cultural. He was given the option by the club to choose whether to play for the second team in a difficult game or enjoy a day of rest. The Brazilian was clear with his decision: he wanted to play, with whoever and wherever it may be. In explaining why Vinicius was included in the initial 20-man squad, Lopetegui revealed it was down to other players having little time to train in the previous 48 hours. "He didn't get kitted out because he didn't get kitted out," was Lopetegui's response, appearing visibly uncomfortable about questions on the youngster's absence. In the midst of an uncertain situation, Leon awaits him excitedly given the buzz that has been generated among Segunda B sides due to his performances. However, not everyone is that pleased because Cultural director Felipe Llamazares claimed earlier this week that he didn't want Vinicius to feature. "I don't want him [to play] against us in this division," he said. "Vinicius can come to play here today but tomorrow, he may not do so against a direct rival and that is distorting the competition." After four games, Castilla are fourth in the standings with seven goals scored, three of them coming from Vinicius. They are unbeaten so far with two wins and two draws, while Cultural are in sixth place with two wins, a draw and a loss.

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