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Official: Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior receives Spanish citizenship

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Real Madrid have officially confirmed that Vinicius Junior has finally received his Spanish citizenship earlier this month, on September 2, just a day after the summer transfer window closed.

The 22-year-old Brazilian international has been with the club since 2018 and was occupying one of the three Non-EU spots in the squad as he was not recognised as a Spanish national.

However, the process for obtaining citizenship had been in process for the past few months now and Vinicius has now been granted the same.

“Real Madrid CF announces that our Brazilian player Vinicius Junior swore to the Spanish Constitution last Friday, September 2, so from that moment he also has Spanish nationality,” the club’s official statement said.

This means that one of the three non-EU spots in the Real Madrid first-team roster has been freed up, with Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao holding the remaining two slots. The process is already underway for the Brazilian duo to obtain their Spanish passports as well.

With Vinicius now receiving his Spanish citizenship, Real Madrid can call Vinicius Tobias to feature in La Liga matches. The Brazilian had not been part of the squad due to his non-EU status but this development frees up the spot for the right-back to feature in the league.

Of course, there will be a hint of disappointment at the timing of Vinicius’ citizenship news. Real Madrid had shown serious interest in Gabriel Jesus this past summer and had tried to sign him from Manchester City.

However, the transfer collapsed as Los Blancos did not have a free non-EU spot in the squad and the striker ended up joining Arsenal instead, where he is already thriving.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2018 from Flamengo, Vinicius has grown into one of the best attacking prospects in the game of football. The 22-year-old has 175 appearances for the club in which he has netted 39 goals and set up 45 more.

Vinicius enjoyed his best campaign in 2021/22 and is aiming to beat his achievements from that season in the current term.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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