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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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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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