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Brazilian wonderkid claims he ‘prefers’ Vinicius Jr over Neymar amidst Real Madrid links

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Endrick has made all sorts of headlines in Brazil this week after becoming the youngest player to represent Palmeiras in professional football when he made his debut against Coritiba.

Real Madrid scouts were among the ones in attendance, monitoring the youngster’s performance closely as Palmeiras secured a comfortable 4-0 victory. Reports even suggest Los Blancos have started their push to sign the whizkid, who is regarded as the hottest prospect in South American football.

Endrick himself seems keen on the idea of joining Real Madrid, despite being courted by other clubs including FC Barcelona.

The attacker may have now hinted at his desire to join the European champions by recently praising Vinicius Junior. He called the Real Madrid frontman his favourite player in the world, choosing him ahead of Brazil’s footballing icon Neymar.

“My favourite player in the world is Vinicius Jr. Obviously Neymar is amazing as well, but I prefer Vinicius,” he told Canal+ (h/t Madrid Zone).

Endrick is not the only player to laud Vinicius this season, as the Brazilian has been welcomed with widespread praise owing to his excellent start to the campaign. With seven goals and four assists, he is even one of Europe’s top performers this season.

Endrick’s comments, though, are certainly significant as they could serve as an indicator of his desire to join Real Madrid, thereby partnering up with Vinicius.

Los Blancos, however, have yet to make any conclusive inroads in their pursuit of signing the young attacker. The player will be ineligible to move to Spain until he is 18, but talks with Palmeiras are believed to be underway.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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