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Real Madrid president convinced by 16-year-old target who admires Cristiano Ronaldo, Vinicius



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16-year-old Palmeiras attacker Endrick Felipe Moreira de Sousa has grabbed everyone’s attention through his blistering performances in South America.

As of today, Real Madrid remain his biggest aficionado and Spanish publication MARCA has said that club president Florentino Perez is satisfied with what he has seen of the youngster.

As a result, there are rumours that an official move from the European champions is expected soon, but everything depends on the price of the negotiation.

For now, earlier reports claimed that the 16-year-old Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A champion, who has scored three goals in his last two matches, has a release clause worth €60 million. 

While it’s true in some sense, it’s not entirely correct at this very moment, meaning that in case of an early agreement, he can leave for about €30-40 million.

The mentioned €60 million figure was included when the youngster signed his first professional contract with the Brazilian team, but it is something based on a series of variables like the number of games he plays until he is 18.

Everything was pre-determined by Palmeiras when handing him the deal, but nothing is concrete at the moment. This means if there is a price tag, it is because the player, himself, cannot move to the senior team in Europe before he turns 18.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, those sitting in the offices are pretty much assured of his capabilities.

Even the player is passionate about the current European champions and is fascinated by the success stories of the likes of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, while he is a huge admirer of the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It is a club that I have great affection for Cristiano Ronaldo, whom I always followed, with the four Champions Leagues he won there,” the youngster told MARCA. 

“I have a great affection for Real for Cristiano, although I have also looked for things in their history and they are a very good team. It is very gratifying for me to know that they are watching me and witnessing my games,” he added.

Lastly, Real Madrid are aware of the interest the 16-year-old forward has generated across Europe, but they are mostly calm about the situation because they know economic muscle will not decide the course of this transfer.

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Key Real Madrid star will be fit for Valladolid clash despite national team withdrawal



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Real Madrid have been greeted with some positive news on the injury front as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be fit and ready for the upcoming La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.

The 30-year-old custodian had flown away for national team duty with Belgium and played the full game against Sweden last week. However, the Real Madrid ace was sent back to the club over the weekend due to a minor adductor strain.

This raised concerns over the former Chelsea star’s condition, especially with a busy period lying ahead for the Merengues.

However, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has eased any nerves surrounding his situation, reporting that Courtois was subjected to tests upon returning to Spain and there is no reason for worry.

The report states that Real Madrid expect their No. 1 to be fit and available for their next game which will be against Real Valladolid in La Liga on April 2, Sunday.

It is further stated that the knock Courtois sustained was not a new one and that the 30-year-old had felt discomfort in the same area during Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.

Courtois has featured 32 times across all competitions this term, having missed a few matches due to fitness issues. He has managed just ten clean sheets and will be hoping to add to that against Valladolid, now that is reportedly fit to feature at the weekend.

In another boost, reports earlier today indicated that Toni Kroos does not have any injury after concerns were raised due to the midfielder doing individual training sessions over the past week.

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