It’s the final match of the season, and Real Madrid are playing hosts to Athletic Club at the Santiago Bernabeu in the hopes of cementing second place in La Liga over Atletico Madrid. Their rivals for today, meanwhile, are hoping to finish in European spots.
It’s the final game for multiple players at Madrid, with Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, and Karim Benzema all set to leave the club once the season officially calls curtains.
Benzema is the only one of the quadrant granted with a starting spot today as he spearheads the team for the last time in Madrid colours. He is joined by Brazilian excellence on the wings, with Vinicius Jr on the left and Rodrygo on the right.
In midfield, Dani Ceballos has been given the nod over Luka Modric and Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga as the defensive midfielder. Toni Kroos rounds off the centre of the park, playing as the other advanced 8.
Daniel Carvajal starts as the right-back, while Nacho takes over the reins on the left side over Ferland Mendy. Antonio Rudiger is one of the starters in central defence, paired up with Eder Militao.
Thibaut Courtois has been handed the gloves for the final game.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Kroos, Camavinga, Ceballos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
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.