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Tottenham star lavishes praise on in-form Real Madrid winger: “One of the best in the world”
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.
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51-year-old manager the ‘clear favourite’ to succeed Ancelotti at Real Madrid – report
With there being uncertainty surrounding the future of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, it seems like Los Blancos have identified the ideal candidate to succeed the Italian if he leaves.
Indeed, according to TyC Sports in Argentina, former PSG and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is the clear favourite to replace Ancelotti once he moves on from Real Madrid.
The 51-year-old tactician is currently unattached after having been let go of by PSG last summer. And, he could now make a sensational return to management with Real Madrid.
Ancelotti has a contract with the Merengues until the summer of 2024. But, his future is not entirely secure at this point as the current champions of Spain and Europe are losing the La Liga title race to Barcelona while they are also hanging by a thread in Copa del Rey.
Unless the 63-year-old leads Real Madrid to a major trophy this term, an exit could be on the cards. And, the Brazilian national team are lying in wait to swoop him away if such a scenario materialises.
Several names such as Raul Gonzalez, Zinedine Zidane, Julian Nagelsmann, and Xabi Alonso have been linked with the Real Madrid job if Ancelotti leaves.
But, now it is being claimed that Pochettino has emerged as the frontrunner to take over from the Italian tactician. The 51-year-old is understood to be president Florentino Perez’s most favourite candidate and is seen as a perfect fit at Real Madrid.
Pochettino had the chance of taking over at Real Madrid in the past but could not secure a release from Tottenham. Now, though, he is unattached and has reportedly even rejected a chance to rejoin Spurs as he is ready to wait until the summer for Real Madrid.
The report also suggests that Pochettino has previously rejected the likes of Ajax, Chelsea, Belgium national team and Brazil as well as he continues to wait for an approach from Los Blancos at the end of the season.