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Ronaldo hails Endrick as a ‘great talent’ ahead of impending Real Madrid transfer

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Ronaldo Nazario is one of football’s greatest icons, and rightly so, for he was an extraordinary striker whom very few players have been able to come close to. In his long and illustrious career, he also had a stint with Real Madrid where he won the Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and La Liga.

The Brazilian legend spoke to AS recently where he put forth his thoughts about Endrick and Real Madrid’s agreement with the player. He had nothing but praise for the 16-year-old Brazilian star and said,

“Endrick is a great talent for the next few years. I don’t know if his signing with Real Madrid is completed, I can’t guarantee it.”

Earlier this week, it was reported that Real Madrid had beaten Barcelona and PSG in the race for teenage star Endrick and that only the paperwork was missing.

Real Madrid are reportedly shelling out €35 million in fixed fees plus another €25 million in add-ons for the 16-year-old prospect. However, the player will only be able to join the team in Madrid after he turns 18 in 2024.

Endrick is one of the country’s highest-rated prospects and already made his senior debut for Palmeiras in October. Moreover, he became their youngest-ever goalscorer thanks to his brace against Athletico Paranaense.

While the fee is large considering the player’s age, it could be a gamble that reaps rewards in multifold.

During the same interview, Ronaldo was also asked about Carlo Ancelotti’s potential move to Brazil as the next head coach for the national team. Along with the Real Madrid boss, Man City’s Pep Guardiola has also been linked with the job following Tite’s exit.

And Il Fenomeno insisted that he would be excited to see either of the two managers take over the reins for Brazil. “I welcome it. I would love it,” he said.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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