Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe (h/t Foot Mercato), soon-to-be Real Madrid player Endrick has claimed that he wishes to play with Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr, amid the former’s links to the Merengues.
Real Madrid have secured the signing of Endrick from Palmeiras in a deal that could rise up to €60 million including add-ons.
The agreement was announced in December last year and the teenage striker will be making the jump to Spain in the summer of next year, once he turns 18 years old.
Endrick wants to share the pitch with Mbappe and Vini
Endrick’s arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu could very well coincide with Mbappe, whose contract with PSG expires next summer.
And, the 17-year-old Brazilian wonderkid sang praises of Mbappe in the interview, calling the Frenchman ‘cut above the rest’, before expressing his desire to share the pitch with the 24-year-old as well as Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.
“He’s a cracking player, a cut above the rest. He’s decisive, spectacular, super-fast and he dribbles better now,” Endrick said.
“Playing with both Vinicius and Mbappé would be wonderful. They’re both spectacular and I’d be really happy to play with such great players.”
The latest on Mbappe
Real Madrid were heavily linked with a move for Mbappe all summer, but the Frenchman eventually stayed put at PSG.
However, despite the Parisians’ attempts to get him to sign a new contract, as things stand, the 24-year-old is not planning to pen a renewal and is willing to give up his bonuses to leave for free.
Should that happen, Real Madrid would be the favourites to sign Mbappe on a free transfer, although Liverpool could also enter the picture.
Only time will tell whether he arrives at the Bernabeu next summer along with Endrick.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
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.
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.