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Real Madrid scouts were in attendance to watch 16-year-old whizkid target’s senior debut

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Palmeiras’ recent game against Coritiba saw Endrick making his much-awaited professional debut. The 16-year-old came on as a substitute in the 4-0 win, becoming the youngster player to represent Palmeiras in professional football.

According to 90 Min, Real Madrid scouts were among the ones in attendance during Endrick’s debut. The reigning European champions have been tracking the youngster for quite some time now, and are keen on securing his services in the near future.

The report suggests Real Madrid have subsequently held talks with Palmeiras over the youngster’s potential move to Santiago Bernabeu.

The club believe they have convinced the 16-year-old that his future lies in the Spanish capital. However, they are yet to reach an agreement with Palmeiras, while they are also expected to face stiff competition from other clubs such as FC Barcelona.

Although Real Madrid are believed to be the front-runner in the race to sign the attacker, no details have been sorted just yet.

After failing to sign Neymar in 2013, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has no desire to miss out on signing another Brazilian whizkid. Endrick, to that end, has emerged as the transfer priority.

Despite being only 16, many expect Endrick to make his professional breakthrough in the near future. However, FIFA rules dictate that the youngster cannot move to Europe until he is 18, meaning the player will remain at Palmeiras for the next couple of years, irrespective of Real Madrid’s negotiations with the Brazilian outfit.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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