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.”
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.