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Real Madrid, Barcelona monitoring 16-year-old African attacking prodigy

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Real Madrid are undergoing a notable shift in its recruitment strategy, placing an emphasis on signing and nurturing young talents.

While this isn’t to say they have neglected the arrivals of star players, with Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies expected to join the club, Real Madrid have lately demonstrated efforts to identify prodigies from around the globe.

For example, Endrick will soon grace the ranks of Los Blancos. The 17-year-old Brazilian sensation will aim to follow in the footsteps of Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo, who similarly arrived as youngsters and made a name for themselves in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid have competition for highly-rated teenage prospect

Now, SPORT have published a report stating that after Barcelona initially showed interest in Senegal’s highly-rated prospect Amara Diouf, the player has been questioned by several clubs, with Real Madrid also entering the fray.

Dubbed the ‘next Sadio Mane’, Diouf plays for Generation Foot in Senegal, who are connected to the French team Metz.

In two years, when Amara is 18, the young forward will take his talents to Metz, as his agency reasons that the player can further his growth in France, a nation that has fostered players with comparable profiles to Amara Diouf.

Even Sadio Mane advised the youngster to ply his trade at the French club before joining a big club like Real Madrid.

However, with several teams showing interest in the youngster and Barcelona apparently leading the race, Real Madrid will have their task cut out to reach an agreement with Metz.

Born in 2008, Amara is one of the most highly-rated talents in African football and he became the youngest player to debut for Senegal at just 15 years and 94 days. As such, Real Madrid will continue to monitor him closely.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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