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Real Madrid weighing up a summer offer for 19-year-old Brazilian defender – report

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According to Goal Brazil, Real Madrid are weighing up the possibility of submitting an offer for 19-year-old Zenit St. Petersburg defender Robert Renan.

The Brazilian centre-back has been on Real Madrid’s radar for a long time and they have been tracking his progress as he came through the ranks at Brazilian club Corinthians.

Renan was traded to Zenit recently as part of a deal that saw Yuri Alberto join Corinthians. The youngster is yet to make his first-team debut for the Russian club and is currently representing the Brazilian national team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia.

But, he could soon be on the move again in the summer, with Real Madrid pondering making an offer for the teenage defender.

The Merengues have been known for signing up young talent with potential from Brazil, having secured players like Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Reinier Jesus and more recently Endrick, who will arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2024.

And Renan could be next Brazilian talent to sign for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The Spanish capital club are likely to lose at least one centre-back in the summer as Nacho Fernandez’s contract expires in the summer while Jesus Vallejo is out of favour. It should pave the way for a new player to arrive at the Bernabeu to bolster the centre-back slot.

Real Madrid have not made any proposal for Renan as of yet, but are considering making one so that they can get him out of Russia in July.

The 19-year-old left-footed defender is contracted with Zenit until 2028 and it remains to be seen how much he would cost, with the report not mentioning any fee as of yet.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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