Vinicius Junior has been given an incentive to stay at Real Madrid by club manager, Zinedine Zidane.
The Frenchman has told Vinicius that he could have a long and glorious career at the Santiago Bernabeu if he chooses to keep working hard.
Vinicius arrived on a £45m transfer from Flamengo last summer and impressed many with his skills and darting forward runs. At only 18, he showcased a point of maturity which is not seen in many veteran players.
At one glance, many can tell that he is primed to be a future star but for now, he will find it difficult to break into the starting squad. Real signed Eden Hazard on a club-record transfer this summer and have even managed to keep both Lucas Hernandez and Gareth Bale for the 2019/20 campaign. This means both him and Rodrygo will have to either play for Real Madrid B side in the lower Spanish division or wait on the benches for a rare first-team callup.
“Zidane always tells me to be relaxed and to keep growing because if I do so, and because I am so well treated by everybody, he says I’ll be playing there for a long time,” Vinicius said. “When I was playing youth football, I did this a little and now I’ve come to play on the right at Real Madrid. I think it’s important for me and for my career so that I can play well on both sides. Of course, I find the right side more difficult as I’m not so used to playing like this, but I’m trying to improve day by day, at each training session with Real Madrid.”
“The beginning of the season is also a bit difficult. New players always are tested and Real Madrid now have plenty of players,” he continued. “We are playing more and Zidane always talks to all the players, he gives opportunities to all of us at the beginning, so that we can have a good season.”
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