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.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.