Over the past couple of seasons, Federico Valverde has grown into one of the most important players at Real Madrid. The midfielder has been a permanent fixture in Carlo Ancelotti’s team, be it in midfield or on the right wing, playing a starring role in the success that the team achieved.
As far as last season goes, Valverde featured in 56 matches across all competitions, scoring 12 goals and setting up seven more for his teammates.
Valverde’s exploits coupled with the increased competition in midfield have led to him attracting interest from clubs in the Premier League.
Chelsea, for one, are said to be very keen on signing the 24-year-old midfielder this summer. But according to AS, Valverde has already rejected the approaches from Chelsea and as things stand, the Uruguayan international has ambitions of becoming the captain of Real Madrid.
This is not the first time that Valverde’s name has been linked with the captaincy at the Santiago Bernabeu. Reports in the past have mentioned that the Uruguayan dreams of growing into that role while people at the club also see him as a future skipper.
Real Madrid, as such, have no intentions of letting Valverde leave the club anytime and the midfielder, too, is uninterested in a move away despite the interest from Chelsea as well as Liverpool, who were also understood to be sniffing around.
But with seven midfielders at the club and only three spots to compete for, it will certainly be interesting to see how Carlo Ancelotti manages to juggle his options and keep Valverde in his starting XI on a regular basis.
Some reports have even suggested that the 24-year-old ace could be fielded on the right flank more frequently than in midfield, where he would have to compete with the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos, and new boy Jude Bellingham.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
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.
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.