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Real Madrid legend waxes lyrical over Vinicius Jr: “He defines modern football”
Roberto Carlos is widely regarded to be one of the finest full-backs to have ever treaded a football field. The former Brazilian superstar and Real Madrid legend played 527 games in the white colours and had a whopping 128 caps with the Selecao in his stellar career.
At the Santiago Bernabeu, he won three European Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, a European Super Cup, four La Liga titles, and three Spanish Super Cup titles.
Earlier this week, Carlos spoke at a public appearance (h/t AS) where he praised Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr for his consistent ability to make a difference at the highest level for the Merengues.
“Vinicius is fantastic, one of the most decisive players in the world. Extraordinary,” he said.
The legendary left-back did not stop there and commented on how the youngster’s style suited the modern game.
“Vinicius is modern football, he defines it,” he added.
The Brazilian winger indeed has been the centre-piece to Carlo Ancelotti’s setup this season and is rightly called one of the best players on the planet. His dribbling ability is second to none, and his rampant pace forms a combination that is a defender’s worst nightmare.
In 27 La Liga games for Los Blancos, the 22-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists. Moreover, he averages two key passes per game and has created 11 big chances.
Most recently, he completed a man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal, providing two assists and tearing the English defence apart.
Vinicius has been left out of the squad to face Cadiz for a mild niggle but is expected to be back for the second leg on Tuesday.
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Real Madrid plan to hold talks with Chelsea over €60 million-rated German international
Kai Havertz has emerged as the latest target for Real Madrid as they look to beef up the attacking unit ahead of the new season.
The club are bracing themselves for the loss of Marco Asensio, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Even Dani Ceballos is facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, though the club are making a last-gasp effort to keep hold of the midfielder.
In order to mitigate the losses, Real Madrid are planning to bring in a new attacker, with Havertz emerging as a potential candidate.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid’s plan is to hold talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks, over the possibility of Havertz’s move to the Bernabeu.
The Premier League giants seek good money for the German international, but do not consider him ‘untouchable’. The player, after all, has endured a difficult season, where his productivity has been questioned.
The former Bayer Leverkusen starlet has netted seven goals in the Premier League this past season, but the number could have easily breached the 15 mark if the forward had successfully converted most of his chances.
Chelsea, therefore, are ready to offload the German ahead of the new season. The Blues had signed the young playmaker in the summer of 2020, for an astounding €80 million. But the move has not paid off at all, with the player scoring just 32 goals in 139 appearances.
Chelsea are now keen on recouping some of that investment by asking big money for Havertz this summer. Real Madrid, for their part, are not exactly clear how much they should spend on the German, but they appear ready to take the gamble on the player.