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Real Madrid forward has already signed a new long-term contract until 2027 – report
Spanish news outlet Diario AS has claimed that Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr has already committed his long-term future with the team, signing a new contract until 2027.
The publication confirms that the agreement between Real Madrid and the Brazilian was sealed and signed in the summer itself. In fact, this season the Brazilian has been paid according to the new deal that he signed in July.
The only thing that remains for everyone involved is to set a date for the official announcement. For that, Real Madrid have two approaches at hand.
First, they can either make it official as a single act, or second, they can do it with the other Brazilians they have in their roster; Rodrygo and Eder Militao, who are also set to pen new long-term contracts.
The news does not come as a major surprise, considering that Vinicius recently commented that he does not see himself leaving Real Madrid for a different club any time soon.
In an interview, the 22-year-old admitted that he is happy at Real Madrid, although he passed on a cheeky comment saying the English Premier League is a competition that every player wants to play.
“It is true that I’m very happy here at Real Madrid and I think I will play here until the end of my career.
“Of course, experiencing another league is important and I think the Premier League is a league that every player wants to play in. But my dream is and always was to play for Real Madrid,” he added.
Vinicius signed for Real Madrid in 2018 for a fee reported to be around €46 million. As part of his initial deal, the young Brazilian was paid €3 million per season and he never really complained about being one of the low earners.
However, after a sensational 2021/22 season, his stock has skyrocketed and Real Madrid are aware of the vultures waiting to pry on the given opportunity. So in order to avoid that, AS claims the team has offered him a new deal which now allows him to earn €8 million per year.
As far as the player is concerned, he is fully committed to the project at hand. And so, signing a deal until 2027 means he will be at the club until 27 years of age and there is a possibility that he might have at least one Ballon d’Or to his name by then.
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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence
According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.
Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.
The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.
“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.
Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.
Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.
As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.
In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.