In what was one of the worst kept secrets, Vinicius Jr. has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, extending his stay at the Spanish capital club until the summer of 2027.
The Merengues confirmed the 23-year-old’s contract renewal via an official statement which read:
“Real Madrid C. F. and Vini Jr. have agreed a contract extension for the player, who remains tied to the club until 30 June 2027.”
Vinicius Jr.’s previous contract stood to expire in 2024, but a new deal had been agreed upon a while ago.
An announcement was expected earlier this month but was postponed due to internal reasons.
However, it has now been made official, with Vinicius putting pen on paper over a new long-term deal until the summer of 2027.
Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has provided some details about Vinicius’ new contract with Real Madrid.
As per the update, Real Madrid proposed a renewal until 2028 for the Brazilian, but he preferred to extend only until 2026 or 2027, and the latter was agreed upon in the end.
Furthermore, Vinicius’ release clause has skyrocketed from €350 million to €1 billion as part of the new contract, while his salary has risen from €3.2 million to €10 million plus bonuses.
Vinicius’ contract extension comes just a day after he won the Socrates Award at the Ballon d’Or Gala for his contributions in the fight against racism and helping education in his homeland.
One of the best forwards in the world, the 23-year-old is seen as the face of this Real Madrid team and was even handed the iconic No. 7 kit this season.
A new contract with an enormous release clause is very much well-deserved for the former Flamengo wonderkid.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo