Speaking to EFE (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura has hailed Real Madrid and Brazil superstar Vinicius Jr as one of the best in the world on current form.
Moura has claimed that the 22-year-old Real Madrid winger has been fantastic this season and hopes he continues in the same vein of form ahead of the World Cup.
“Vinicius is an incredible player. He is one of the best in the world right now. He is doing very well and I am very happy for him, because he is Brazilian and that is very good for our country,” Lucas Moura said.
“The only advice I can give Vinicius is to continue doing what he’s doing so far. He has to be happy on the pitch, do what he knows best, dribble, but above all, be happy. Right now it’s fantastic,” he added.
Vinicius enjoyed the best season of his career last time out, playing a role in Real Madrid’s La Liga and UEFA Champions League triumphs.
The former Flamengo ace has been in brilliant form this campaign too, and has spearheaded the Merengues’ title defence especially with Karim Benzema having a slow start to the season.
In 13 matches across all competitions, Vinicius has scored seven goals and set up four more. With El Clasico coming up on Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti will look to the 22-year-old Brazilian to deliver the goods again in the final third.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.