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Brazil manager heaps praise on Real Madrid 2024 signing: “Very special player”



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Endrick will have the chance to play with his future Real Madrid teammates Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo as he looks to make his debut for Brazil during this international break.

The young Palmeiras forward was called up to the senior side by manager Fernando Diniz, as the Selecao take on Colombia and Argentina in the World Cup 2026 qualifiers.

Endrick will become a legend: Diniz

Speaking ahead of these matches, Diniz heaped praise on Endrick, even labelling him as a potential legend of the future.

“Endrick is a very special player. At his age, being able to produce what he’s already producing opens up the possibility of a bright future. He’s here because of his merit and his enormous future potential,” Diniz said, as quoted by Ge Globo.

A product of the Palmeiras youth academy, Endrick agreed to join Real Madrid last year and is set to move to Bernabeu when he turns 18 next summer.

Set for a Brazil debut this month? (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)

For the time being, he is plying his trade with Palmeiras’ senior side. In fact, the 17-year-old has racked up over 50 competitive appearances for the Brazilian outfit, scoring 15 goals.

In light of his performances at Palmeiras, Endrick was awarded with a maiden call-up to the national team. He even became the youngest Brazilian to be called up since Ronaldo.

“He doesn’t have to be a pressurised player. We don’t have to expect everything from 17-year-old Endrick. I see huge potential. In the future, he could become one of those legendary players in Brazilian football. But time will tell,” Diniz added.

Although Endrick might not play a critical role in Brazil’s upcoming matches against Colombia and Argentina, the 17-year-old is certainly in contention to earn his debut with the national team this month.

The Colombia game, in particular, could be ideal for Endrick to not just kickstart his career but also share the pitch with his future Real Madrid teammates.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5



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Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.

They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.

With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.

Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.

With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.

Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo

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