It was January 2020 when Real Madrid signed Reinier Jesus from Flamengo, spending €30 million on his arrival. Three and a half years later, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder is yet to make his debut for the Merengues.
Given that the non-EU spots in the squad had been occupied, Reinier was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020. He spent two years in Germany but did little of note, struggling for game-time with the Black and Yellows.
Upon returning to Real Madrid last summer, Reinier again left on loan, this time signing for Girona. Once again, game-time was difficult to come by for the 21-year-old Brazilian ace, as he was bogged down by injuries.
The youngster made 18 appearances for the Catalan outfit, scoring two goals and assisting one more.
With his loan spell expiring, Reinier is back at Real Madrid and has started training with the rest of the squad since Monday when the pre-season camp started.
However, according to AS, despite the 21-year-old training under the orders of Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid want to loan him out once again this summer and Girona are strongly interested in acquiring his services yet again.
As things stand, there is simply no space in the Real Madrid squad for Reinier, especially with the club signing Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler while Brahim Diaz is also back from loan and reintegrated into the squad.
Furthermore, the club feel that the 21-year-old has not shown enough in his loan spells to warrant a space in the squad. As such, Los Blancos wish to loan him out again and a return to Girona could be on the cards as the Catalans are strongly interested in his services.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”