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Real Madrid target reveals admiration for Vinicius Jr, backs him to ‘conquer’ the World Cup

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Palmeiras wonderkid and Real Madrid transfer target Endrick has named Vinicius Jr among the players he admires and has backed the Brazilian to star at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Endrick is a man in demand in the transfer market even though he is just 16 years old and cannot move to Europe until he turns 18.

Real Madrid are one of the leading candidates to sign the teenage striker, while the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain also remain in the hunt.

Endrick has now admitted that he desires to move to Europe sometime in the future, but is currently not paying any attention to the rumours about a transfer.

“Obviously my dream is to play in Europe, but I’m focused here. I’m not looking at the things that are being talked about or what teams are coming or what scouts are coming. I’m focused on Palmeiras,” Endrick told EFE (h/t Mundo Deportivo)

Given that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are showing serious interest in him, the 16-year-old was asked which was his favourite club in La Liga. In response, Endrick said: “I have no preference for any team.”

However, Endrick did reveal that he liked to watch Vinicius Jr in action, along with his Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, as well as Barcelona duo Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski.

“Benzema , Lewandowski, Vinicius Jr, Raphinha are high-class players that I try to watch to learn from them,” the Palmeiras wonderkid stated.

Endrick is said to share a good relationship with Vinicius and the 16-year-old claimed that he sees the Real Madrid superstar emerging as one of the best players at the Qatar World Cup.

“I think he will conquer the world and that in this World Cup (in Qatar) he will be one of the best. He will make an extraordinary duo with Neymar,” he said.

On his friendship with the Real Madrid winger, Endrick added: “I never imagined having a friendship with Vini because he is someone I only saw on television and I hope we can have a lasting friendship.”

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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