Speaking in an interview with ‘Panenka’ magazine (h/t MARCA), Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has dismissed the rumours linking him to Real Madrid as ‘not true’.
The Nigerian international enjoyed a solid 2022/23 campaign with the Yellow Submarine, racking up 13 goals and 11 assists from 50 appearances across all competitions.
His tally of 13 strikes include a brace against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, which is understood to have caught the eyes of the Merengues’ management.
It is no secret that Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements after having lost a glut of forwards since the end of the season.
And Chukwueze was believed to be among the targets that are being looked at by the Spanish capital outfit. It was even suggested that Los Blancos had made an enquiry for the 24-year-old winger, who could be available for €40 million this summer.
However, Chukwueze is not bothered by the rumours flying around and is instead choosing to focus on Villarreal.
“People are always going to talk. I only think about Villarreal. I don’t read what they put on social media. That doesn’t matter. What matters is the moment. What if it’s a lie? What if it’s not real? I don’t know. For now, I don’t think it’s true. The only thing that is real is Villarreal,” he said.
Talking about his performance at the Bernabeu, Chukwueze added: “It’s a dream come true. Who hasn’t dreamt of scoring a goal at the Bernabéu? Well, I scored two! It was historic for me and for Villarreal.”
While he might be playing it down, should Real Madrid come calling, there is a good chance that Chukwueze could decide to jump ship, more so with his contract at Villarreal expiring in the summer of 2024.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.