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Official: Real Madrid future star Endrick receives first-ever call-up to Brazil national team

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Earlier today, Brazil manager Fernando Diniz announced the squad list for the Selecao’s FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina.

And, the biggest surprise of the announcement came in the form of the inclusion of future Real Madrid star Endrick.

The 17-year-old forward, who signed for Real Madrid in December last year, but continues to ply his trade with Palmeiras until he turns 18, has received his first-ever call-up to the Brazil national team setup.

Endrick in a good moment

After having had a rather slow start to the year with Palmeiras, Endrick has burst into form in recent weeks.

The 17-year-old wonderkid has netted 11 goals and set up one more in 47 appearances in 2023, with three of his strikes coming in the last two games against Botafogo and Athletico Paranaense.

The teenage prodigy had come under pressure earlier in the season due to his lack of minutes and prominence but is starting to show his pedigree and potential in recent matches.

And, that has been duly rewarded by Brazil boss Fernando Diniz, with Endrick now a part of the squad to face Colombia and Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers later this month.

Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr. also feature

As expected, Real Madrid superstar forward duo of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes also make the squad list for Brazil’s upcoming matches against Colombia and Argentina.

With Neymar Jr. unavailable due to a serious injury, there will be some pressure on Rodrygo and Vinicius to step up and deliver in the matches coming up in over a couple of weeks.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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