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Real Madrid did not sign a marquee forward because of faith in 22-year-old star



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A lot has been said about the importance of Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham in Carlo Ancelotti’s system at Real Madrid.

The young duo have carried Los Blancos’ forward line this season, albeit the forward was injured in the team’s third game of the campaign last month.

One name less talked about is Rodrygo Goes. The Brazilian has largely gone under the radar despite his impressive performances on the field, and it is safe to say that he is fundamental to the manager’s plans.

High hopes on Rodrygo

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, Rodrygo was one of the main reasons Real Madrid did not go all out to sign a ‘renowned’ number 9 this season. There is a lot of hope placed on him at the club.

The player himself is not afraid of the responsibility placed on his shoulders after Vinicius’ injury, the report adds.

On the contrary, those who are close to him notice how he grows when the situation pushes him to the wall and expect more of the same in the current situation.

Rodrygo has been predominantly used on the right flank during his spell at Real Madrid, but donned the role of a No. 9 last season when Karim Benzema was unavailable.

He is playing more centrally in the current system in place this term, but could be shifted to the left flank in the next few games in the absence of Vinicius.

Real Madrid’s present and future. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Either way, the 22-year-old is ready to take up the responsibility and do what is asked of him to help the team.

Vinicius is working hard for an early return

As for Vinicius, Real Madrid’s star winger suffered a thigh injury in the game against Celta Vigo and was forced to go off the field in the first half.

The initial prognosis did not bode well for Vini, as tests revealed that he could miss up to six weeks of action including two UEFA Champions League group-stage clashes.

According to reports earlier this week, the 23-year-old passed the test earlier this week with positive results.

There is still no definitive date set for his return, but he is pushing to make his comeback as early as the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.

Until then, at least, all eyes will be only on Rodrygo.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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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.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

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.

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