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Endrick talks Vinicius, Rodrygo, Mbappe, Ancelotti, Calafat, Real Madrid move, Chelsea interest

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Real Madrid will be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of welcoming Brazilian prodigy Endrick next summer.

Having acquired him back in December 2022, the day Endrick is finally 18 and old enough to make the jump to Spanish football edges closer and closer.

The youngster recently familiarized himself with his soon-to-be home, as Real Madrid treated him with a 4-1 victory against Villarreal.

Now, speaking about his transfer to Real Madrid to The Athletic, the player, who the club sees as the star signing for next season, opened up about how it came about.

Madrid the dream destination

Before putting to pen and officially striking a deal with Madrid, a number of English clubs were eager to land Endrick.

The 17-year-old remarked that a financially dominant league like the Premier League appealed to him as he particularly touched upon Chelsea. But in the end, Madrid was his choice from the start.

“At one point there was a lot of talk about (Erling) Haaland and (Kylian) Mbappe for Madrid and that was when there was strong interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain,” Endrick said.

“Of course, they are big and important teams. I am very interested in them and they would be excellent options for me.

“I was attracted by the Premier League, the city of London and the fact that English is the economically dominant language in the world. And obviously, Chelsea is a strong brand that has won two Champions Leagues.

“I was told that it rains a lot in London, but that wouldn’t be a problem for me because, as my father used to say, I always liked playing in the rain. But I always made it clear to my agent that my dream was Real Madrid,” he exclaimed.

Endrick further added that he had always been a Madridista at heart. And kept his ambitions sky-high, claiming:

“My dream has always been Real Madrid, since I was a kid, because my dad was always a fan, and so was I. In Madrid, I would like to win five Champions League titles and La Liga ten times.”

On Juni Calafat, Ancelotti, and a possible team-up with Mbappe

Endrick will arrive at Real Madrid next summer. (Photo by João Guilherme Arenazio/Getty Images)

Endrick praised Madrid’s chief scout Juni Calafat, who signed him and a figure who maintains a close relationship with him.

“Juni comes to Brazil every two months. He usually comes to my house, we have lunch, talk about football, about me, Palmeiras, Real Madrid, and football in general. He always reassures me and gives me confidence, even in the most difficult moments,” he said.

The youngster commented on being in attendance to watch the enthralling encounter against Villarreal as well as meeting club President Florentino Perez.

“To experience Real Madrid vs Villarreal at the new Santiago Bernabéu and talk to Florentino was incredible…” he expressed.

Endrick was also asked about the uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is linked with the Brazil job while talks of a new contract at Real Madrid also persist.

When asked if he wanted to see the Italian at Real Madrid or Brazil, the teenager said: “Wherever he is happy, where he feels good, that’s where I want him to be.

“At least for me, it doesn’t matter where he’s going to be, because if he’s going to be happy at Real Madrid, or if he’s going to be happy in the Brazilian team, that’s what’s important and I see that for the team the most important thing is his happiness as a coach.”

Finally, Kylian Mbappe was unsurprisingly the topic of conversation, with Endrick asked about the probability of playing with the Frenchman in Madrid.

“Whatever is best for Real Madrid and the entire team, let it be done. I just want to be happy playing my football like I always wanted. Obviously, if I can play with Viní Jr, Rodrygo, or Mbappé, it will be something very good.

“But Florentino and all the people around him know what to do which will be better for the club,” he replied.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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