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Endrick talks Real Madrid, Vinicius, Benzema: “We will win the Champions League”



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After bursting onto the scenes in Brazil last year, Endrick caused quite the transfer war with several top clubs vying for his signing. Ultimately, though, it was Real Madrid who landed the 16-year-old Palmeiras wonderkid.

Los Blancos shelled out a transfer fee of €35 million plus €25 million in add-ons for the teenager, who will be arriving at the club only in 2024, once he turns 18.

Meanwhile, continuing in Palmeiras, Endrick had endured a slow start to the 2023 season in Brazil, leading to questions over his potential and Real Madrid’s investment in him.

However, the 16-year-old forward managed to shut down the critics scoring a goal each leg of the finals of the Paulista Championship to win his third major trophy with his boyhood club.

Following his triumph, Endrick gave an interview to TNT Sports (h/t MARCA), during which he discussed his impending move to Real Madrid and the footballers he follows at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I don’t miss a single match. I’m always supporting, always watching Vini ‘destroy’ the opponents. Against Villarreal, again Vinicius made the difference, unfortunately we lost,” said Endrick referring to Real Madrid’s 2-3 defeat to Villarreal on Saturday.

Endrick has previously admitted that he has formed a close relationship with Vinicius Jr. And recent reports suggested that the Real Madrid superstar helped the teenage prodigy through the tough times he was going through earlier this season.

Talking about his admiration for his compatriot, Endrick said: “It’s great to see Vinicius playing. He’s always happy, playing with a smile on his face. Even when they provoke him…

“The more they give him stick, the more he performs, they (those who criticise Vinicius) in my opinion are fools, because he plays even better.”

When asked which other Real Madrid players he follows closely, Endrick named fellow Brazilians Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao, along with club captain and ace goalscorer Karim Benzema.

“I watch Rodrygo, Militao, the Brazilians…. Another player I’m watching more is Benzema, I see what he does in the box and throughout the game. It’s great to know that I’ll be playing alongside those players I play with in Fifa,” he said.

Finally, when quizzed about Real Madrid’s chances in the UEFA Champions League this season, Endrick was very confident that the Merengues will go all the way in the tournament once again.

“I think that we, we, Real Madrid, will be winners of the Champions League and that Vini will be the best in the world,” he signed off.

Despite his slow start to the season, Real Madrid have complete faith in Endrick and are very happy with the deal to sign him. The teenager will arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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