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Vinicius Jr was close to Barcelona move, says agent: “Real Madrid didn’t even know him”



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Football agent Andre Cury, who also happens to be the former scout of FC Barcelona in the Brazil region, has claimed that Vinicius Jr was close to joining the Catalans before his move to Real Madrid in 2017.

Los Blancos spent €46 million to sign Vinicius from Flamengo six years ago, at a time when he was just an unknown 17-year-old prospect. He is now one of the biggest stars in the game, having achieved immense success at the Santiago Bernabeu since arriving in Spain in 2018.

However, according to Cury’s account, Barcelona were poised to sign Vinicius before Real Madrid came swooping in and the youngster chose the Merengues only because of his agents.

“Vinicius went to Madrid because his agents chose him. We had been working on the signing for three years and his agents betrayed us,” Cury told El Larguero.

Furthermore, the football agent added that Real Madrid did not even know who Vinicius was at the time and that the winger was a Barcelona fan, so much so that he had cried when the Catalans had beaten PSG 6-1 in the UEFA Champions League several years ago.

“Madrid didn’t even know the player. He told me he cried at the 6-1 win over PSG. He told me,” Cury added.

But, in the end, though, Vinicius ended up signing for Real Madrid and has now become the face of Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

The winger, who turned 23 yesterday, has been handed the iconic No. 7 jersey heading into the new season while he has also signed a new long-term contract with Real Madrid that includes a huge Ballon d’Or bonus and loyalty bonus.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later



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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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