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FC Barcelona Ace Lamine Yamal Answers Joining Real Madrid Question

Lamine Yamal received praise from FC Barcelona fans for his response when asked if he would join the club’s bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Lamine has been on Barca’s books since the age of seven when he joined its La Masia academy, and memorably made his first team debut while still aged 15 in 2023.

Now 16, the winger is currently lighting up the Euros with Spain and has earned praise from golden boot contender Jamal Musiala before he meets the Bayern Munich star’s Germany outfit in the quarterfinals on Friday.

In media duties ahead of the big game, Lamine was asked which grade he would give himself from 1 to 10 as a Culer, or Barca fan and said “10”.

Then when it was put to him whether he fit “the profile of a Culer who would say ‘I will never play for Real Madrid'”, Lamine answered with an emphatic “Si”, or “yes”.

This might help to put some minds at rest amid previous reports from AS that there are fears Lamine could one day join the club from the Spanish capital.

After all, despite living in the Rocafonda neigbourhood in Mataro, a dormitory town some 30 kilometers east of Barcelona city center, Lamine’s father is a fervent Real Madrid supporter who it is suspected could push his son toward Barca’s sworn enemies one day.

Lamine has a contract until 2026, and Barca is confident that he will then make a long-term commitment into the 2030s upon turning 18.

Elsewhere in the interview, Lamine was said that winning the Ballon d’Or is “every player’s dream” and one that hopefully he will realize one day.

“Being in the Top 3 would be a dream,” he added.

As for his favourite player, this was unsurprisingly not the player that he is often compared to in fellow La Masia graduate and Barca idol Lionel Messi, who currently plies his trade at Inter Miami.

“I’ve always said that Leo Messi is the best player in history, but the one I like to watch play was Neymar,” Lamine stated.

Should Lamine help Spain get past Germany, he could then face Messi’s generational rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal or new Madrid signing Kylian Mbappe and France in the Euros’ last four.

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