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Junior Firpo reveals Real Madrid affection

Junior Firpo reveals Real Madrid affection
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Real Betis defender Junior Firpo says that he feels "closer to Real Madrid" as his father supports the club.

Real Betis defender Junior Firpo has said that he feels "closer to Real Madrid" as his father supports the club.

Junior only made his first-team debut for Betis in February but has already scored five times in 32 appearances for the Spanish outfit in all competitions.

This season, the 22-year-old has scored three times in 18 appearances in all competitions, and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is believed to be an admirer.

Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for the defender in recent days, and Firpo has revealed his affection for the European champions.

"I'm closer to Real Madrid as my father is a Madridista," Junior told Cuatro. "We watched them on TV when we first arrived in Spain and for that reason I've always felt stronger about them."

Firpo is believed to have a £45m buy-out clause in his current Betis contract.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20144256213546
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11EibarEibar206772428-425
12GironaGirona205962326-324
13Espanyol2073102130-924
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Leganes205781824-622
16Real Valladolid205781723-622
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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