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Real Madrid superstar keen to take over penalty duties following Benzema’s exit – report



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Given his success and growing confidence over the last two seasons, it is no surprise Vinicius Jr wants to assume a significant role at Real Madrid, especially after the departure of Karim Benzema. 

As reported before, he is more than ready to step up and take over the leadership role and if reports from Diario AS are to be believed, the young Brazilian now wants to be the proprietor of penalty-taking duties as well.

The Spanish publication adds that the 23-year-old has been staying late on the pitch to practise penalties. The player willingly wants to take more responsibilities on his shoulders and he is doing everything he can to make it happen.

Vinicius Jr has been at Real Madrid since 2018, and while his initial years were rather difficult, the young forward has hit the ground running in the last couple of campaigns, scoring 22 goals in the 2021-22 season and 23 in the season that just finished.

As a result, the 23-year-old has become the face of the team and it can be understood by the fact that the management has handed him iconic the No. 7 shirt heading into the 2023/24 campaign.

As far as penalty-taking duty is concerned, former captain and striker Karim Benzema was tasked to care for the job. Over the years, players such as Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo have done the job. The aforementioned media outlet claims that Vinicius wants to follow in the footsteps of these legends. 

We have reported before that ever since Benzema’s exit, the likes of Rodrygo Goes and Luka Modric were handed penalty duties, but if Vinicius can keep his head down and keep working, he can convince his manager that he is the right man as well. Until then, all he can do is keep working on his abilities and enhance those.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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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.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

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.

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