On Monday, Real Madrid announced the signing of former striker Joselu on a season-long loan deal from RCD Espanyol. The Merengues retain the option of making his signing permanent, with a non-mandatory purchase clause inserted in the agreement.
The 33-year-old returns to his former club just over a decade after having left the Santiago Bernabeu and does so after enjoying a fine campaign on a personal level with Espanyol in 2022/23, finishing with a tally of 17 goals across all competitions.
The former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker is being presented in front of the media as a Real Madrid player today at the club’s sporting complex.
And it has been officially confirmed that Joselu will be taking the No. 14 shirt at Real Madrid in the upcoming campaign.
The #14 shirt was made famous by legendary midfielder Casemiro, who left Los Blancos last summer for Manchester United, following which the shirt was left vacant for the 2022/23 campaign.
With it being suggested that Real Madrid will not make any more signings after Joselu, there was some expectation that the centre-forward could take up the No. 9 shirt left vacant after Karim Benzema’s exit earlier this month.
However, Joselu has been handed the No. 14 kit instead, which does leave some hope within the fans that Real Madrid might still go after a high-profile striker before the transfer window closes.
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.