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Real Madrid retain total faith in young forward despite the recent dip in form

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The trust Real Madrid lay in their younger players is one of the biggest reasons behind the heavy success of those talents at the club. Eder Militao, Aurelien Tchouameni, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eduardo Camavinga are just a few of the many players to shine at the club very early in their careers.

One of the key factors responsible for setting up such a healthy environment at the club is Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian tactician has always backed his youth stars and stayed far from making hasty decisions, thus helping build their confidence.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid have zero doubts about Vinicius Jr. Though the Brazilian star has seen a slight drop in form recently, the management are aware of what he can contribute to the side.

Vinicius is no stranger to criticism in his short, yet eventful career. The Brazilian faced severe backlash in his initial years at Santiago Bernabeu but worked undeterred to emerge as one of football’s most lethal wingers at just 22 years of age.

In 2022-23, the protege has already scored six goals and provided three assists for Los Blancos in just 16 appearances in La Liga. However, he has been a shadow of his best since his return to club football.

In 120 minutes against Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup, Vinicius managed just two shots in 120 minutes and completed just 20% of his attempted dribbles. Further, he missed one big chance and lost possession a whopping 29 times on the night.

The Brazilian international was also guilty of missing a couple of chances in the match against Villarreal last weekend. Despite that, the faith in the youngster is total from Real Madrid and they will continue to back him to the hilt.

Vinicius is expected to start against Barcelona in the weekend’s El Clasico Super Cup final and will look to return to his best form. After all, he has always been one to step up on the big nights.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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