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18-year-old Real Madrid target poised to sign new long-term contract with current club

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Real Madrid and Juni Calafat have turned up the heat in their Brazilian scouting in recent years. No talent has gone unnoticed and it is clear that Los Blancos highly value the South American market.

After the success of Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao and Rodrygo, the plan has worked like a charm. Moreover, Reinier too is at the club and could well be the next star to make his name.

Earlier this year, another Brazilian talent Matheus Nascimento was closely linked with a move to the Castilla. However, as reported by AS, even though it was the management’s objective to sign the youngster, he is now close to signing a five-year contract with his club Botafogo.

The Brazilian club see Nascimento as a massive asset for their future and are unwilling to let go of him at such an early stage of his career. The contract extension is a step in the same direction as Botafogo owner John Textor said earlier this year (h/t Reuters):

“We are offering a contract that is extremely lucrative to him as a player but we are also hardwiring in the contract a guarantee first-team roster spot in Europe with the clubs in which we have ownership.”

The 18-year-old is often called the Brazilian Cavani for his lethal presence in the box. Yet, his playing style is far from that of just a poacher.

He is known for his ability to create spaces with his movements and finish with precision. His role is closer to that of a No. 10 than that of a 9, and Real Madrid could use such a unique profile to great effect.

However, as things stand, Matheus Nascimento is poised to sign a new five-year contract with Botafogo. Whether that discourages Real Madrid from going after the 18-year-old sensation remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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