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Endrick reveals he is inspired by Real Madrid legend: “I’m a No. 9 with the soul of a No.10”



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While Kylian Mbappe has always dominated the headlines when it comes to signing a number nine, it must be noted that the club already have a youngster lined up in Endrick.

The young forward agreed to join Real Madrid earlier in the year and is slated to move to Santiago Bernabeu next year, when he turns 18.

In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Endrick talked about his upcoming move to Real Madrid and how he is prepared for the challenge ahead.

“I work every day to arrive at Real Madrid ready to help the team,” he said. “The pressure? I’m used to it. It isn’t nice, but I have to deal with it.”

The 17-year-old talked about Karim Benzema, even comparing his own traits with that of the Frenchman.

“I’m a number nine with a soul of a number 10. I have loved Benzema since his years at Lyon. When Cristiano left, he became another player, a scorer, and an assistor. I watched him a lot and his style of play is very inspiring,” he said.

The teenage sensation went on to reveal what Vinicius Junior had said after he finalised his move to Santiago Bernabeu.

“Viní Jr told me I was going to enjoy myself [at Real Madrid], have fun and that it would be the highlight of my career,” he said.

The youngster also revealed the role his father played, adding, “When I was born, my parents wanted to call me Di Stéfano. It was my father’s wish because he has always been a Real Madrid fan.”

At just 17, Endrick has already racked up close to 50 competitive appearances for Palmeiras, even scoring ten goals.

This has led to suggestions that he may soon earn an international call-up with the Brazilian national team and may even be a part of the Selecao for the 2026 World Cup.

Endrick, though, is more focused on playing in the upcoming 2024 Olympics for Brazil. “People talk to me about the 2026 World Cup, but I want to play in the 2024 Olympics first. I hope to get that chance,” he said.

Endrick’s comments hint at the fact that he would be open to taking on the mantle of replacing Benzema, though he also suggested that he would love to play with Kylian Mbappe.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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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.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

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.

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