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Endrick’s agent reveals why 16-year-old sensation chose Real Madrid over other clubs



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Brazilian sensation Endrick had become a man in demand in the transfer market after enjoying his professional breakthrough at Palmeiras this year.

Just 16 years of age, the young striker had some of the biggest clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain vying for his signing.

Ultimately, it was Real Madrid who came out on top in the race for the teenage prodigy, landing him in a deal that could rise up to €72 million, including add-ons and tax commissions.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Endrick’s agent, Fred Pena, has revealed that there were three clubs who were alive in the race to sign him until the last minute. At the same time, he also admitted that the young forward was tempted by the prospect of moving to the Premier League.

“First that he is a new generation, that the Premier League has a much greater weight than before. Today it is seen as the best league in the world. That caused a bigger doubt, it’s a new generation thing,” Pena said.

However, Real Madrid’s proposal was the best of all options and convinced him to sign for the Merengues.

“It ended up that we had three clubs that had financial and sporting stability and could do this planning. Each one with their cards on the table, presenting a project for the player, this is part of the convincing.

“That is the key part, where we show it to him. At this moment that is effectively the presentation of the project, Real Madrid presented an unbeatable project for him, a proposal that could not be refused,” he added.

As mentioned earlier, the total deal for Endrick could cost Real Madrid up to €72 million. Of that, €35 million is the fixed fee component while €25 million will be performance-based bonuses. The rest of the €12 million are the taxes involved.

While Pena refused to dive into detail regarding the bonus clauses inserted in Endrick’s deal, he confirmed that the conditions were very much achievable.

“In relation to the performance clauses, I can not speak what they were, but they are totally feasible clauses. It was a matter of negotiation between clubs. Palmeiras always had attention to this, because he wanted them not to be impossible clauses,” he said.

“They are clauses based on games, goals and, from the moment he is there, titles. In the case of Champions League it doesn’t even come to titles, but semi-final and final. If you reach these stages and the player has been a starter, you have some bonuses,” he added.

Endrick will remain at Palmeiras for another 18 months and will only arrive at Real Madrid in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18 years old.

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Florentino Perez set to take final decision on veteran Real Madrid midfielder’s extension



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According to Fabrizio Romano on CBS Sports, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wants to stay at the club and renew his contract for one more season. However, the final decision will likely rest in the hands of president Florentino Perez.

Modric has been at Real Madrid for over a decade now and has etched his name in the history of the club. The 37-year-old midfielder has been critical to the success that the Merengues have achieved during this time – three La Liga titles, five UEFA Champions League trophies and much more.

Modric’s current contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the ongoing season. The 37-year-old has been linked with a move away to Saudi Arabia, with talks of a potential reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr being rife.

However, Modric clarified in a press conference last week that he had no intention of leaving Real Madrid, as he said:

“My wish is known, to stay at Real Madrid. I believe and hope it will happen. The rest are only assumptions and rumours. I repeat for the 100th time, I hope and believe I will stay at Real Madrid.”

Reaffirming those claims, Romano is now reporting that Modric, indeed, wants to stay at Real Madrid for one more year and is hoping to sign a new contract. But, the final call will be made by president Florentino Perez.

The Real Madrid supremo has some big decisions to make as Modric is not the only midfielder whose contract expires this summer.

Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos are also in the same boat as the Croatian international and given that the Merengues are pushing hard to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, it would be unlikely that all three of Kroos, Modric, and Ceballos will remain at the club if the Englishman arrives.

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