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Vinicius Jr sends message to Real Madrid-bound Endrick: “Waiting for him to arrive”
Speaking to Brazilian outlet TNT (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr has sent a message to new signing Endrick, stating that people are waiting for him to arrive at the club next year.
Real Madrid signed Endrick from Palmeiras in December o last year. The club agreed on a deal worth €35 million in fixed fees plus another €25 million in add-ons. The teenage striker is set to arrive at the club in 2024, when he turns 18 years old.
One of the most highly-rated young talents in Brazil, Endrick went through a difficult phase at the start of the new season this year. However, he has slowly recovered his form and scored a goal in the finals of the Paulista Championship recently to help Palmeiras to a victory.
With that, Endrick has now won three major titles with his club despite having played only a handful of first-team matches.
Speaking after the Paulista Championship triumph, Endrick had claimed that Real Madrid will win the UEFA Champions League this season and stated that Vinicius Jr will become the best player in the world.
“I think that we, we, Real Madrid, will be winners of the Champions League and that Vini will be the best in the world,” he had said.
Following Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last night, Vinicius was told about Endrick’s prediction and was asked about his thoughts about the 16-year-old prodigy. In response, the superstar forward said:
“Ah, yes. I saw him. I have a very great affection for him. I’m always supporting and cheering him on. I’m very happy for his title and for the goal he scored in the final. People are waiting for him to arrive already.”
Endrick has previously spoken about how he has forged a close friendship with Vinicius. In fact, recent reports in Brazil suggested that the Real Madrid winger helped his future teammate during his recent struggle-filled period.
Fans will have to wait for a little more than a year to see Vinicius and Endrick on the pitch together. But it already seems like the pair have a great understanding.
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Benzema inquired Ronaldo about Saudi and agreed on a transfer, but backed down
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia has triggered a wave of massive establishment within the country so much so that the league has approached players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Sergio Ramos and even Karim Benzema.
Benzema’s departure from Real Madrid is imminent and if a report from Diaro AS is to be believed, the Frenchman contacted his former Madrid teammate, Ronaldo, to ask him for information about the Saudi league, living conditions and other teams.
All this because it is said that the legendary Frenchman has received a lucrative offer from the newly crowned Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad. As reported before, the star striker will earn more than €100 million per year across his two-year contract with the Saudi team.
At the moment, the Saudi government has approved all of Benzema’s requests and while it is said that he can join the team of his choice, Al Ittihad’s recent flirting had made them absolute favourites.
That said, the transfer may have taken a u-turn recently, as Benzema spoke about staying at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.
“Speak to the fans? Speak about what? Why should I speak of the future if I’m in Madrid?”, Benzema said.
“It’s the internet speaking, and reality is not the internet.”
In a recent turn of events, Helder Costa openly spoke about Benzema’s arrival, saying that his team is ‘excited about the arrival of the Balon d’Or winner.’ As if that is not enough, a club fan also showed a Karim Benzema edit on the big screen during their title celebrations.
Meanwhile, since the transfer is not confirmed, Real Madrid continue to be uninformed of Benzema’s decision. And this remains a major problem for the team from the capital city as their summer transfer plan hinges on the continuity of the Frenchman.
At the moment, the team is said to be closing in on the signing of Joselu from Espanyol. However, it must be noted that the forward will only be arriving on a season-long loan as Madrid already have big plans for the summer of 2024, with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe both lined up.