Scorer of the previous season’s UEFA Champions League final, Vinicius Jr has said that he wants to win five or six Champions League titles with Real Madrid and that he wants to be as influential as some of the best players who have played for the team.
Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt, the young forward said, “I admire the players who have achieved so much at this club, the biggest in the world,” he was quoted as saying by MARCA.
“Of course, I want to keep winning here and play for a long time to win as much as them. Win five or six Champions Leagues and be as influential as some of the best players who have worn the Madrid shirt,” he added.
When asked about the favourite moment of his Real Madrid career, the 22-year-old pressed on the second leg of last season’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
“The match against City at the Bernabéu,” he quipped.
“In two minutes Rodrygo entered and scored two goals that took us to the final. The most important moment of the competition, I think, was that.”
“It was a very important moment for us, for me, for the whole team. After a great season, we had to end it with a victory in the final. I always say that I have about 15 years left in my career and I don’t know when my next one will be final.
“That’s why I had to enjoy it to the fullest. Scoring the winning goal was a unique feeling. There’s not much to say, to write, to talk about what it feels like. Only the people who have lived it, who have lived football as we experienced it last season, know how important it is and how happy it makes you,” said the youngster.
Speaking about the Real Madrid mentality and about how the season panned out last season, he added,
“It’s right in the DNA of this club and this shirt: always going out for the big games, players who know how to deal with those days. That was the key last season. Some games were emotional rollercoasters where everything seemed to go we wanted.”
Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival in June last year made a huge impact on Vinicius’ career so much so that he went on to enjoy the best scoring season of his entire career, having netted 22 times.
“He [Ancelotti] knew how to get the best out of us. He’s very kind and treats us like his children. He gives us peace of mind and confidence. And then there’s his great job preparing for the games.”
Furthermore, speaking candidly about Flamingo and his love for NBA, he expressed how deep the connection he has with both.
“I’ve been a Flamengo fan since I was little. I went to the Maracana recently and when the fans saw that I was there, they started chanting my name. That was very important to me because my heart belongs to the club that allowed me to be in Madrid now,” he explained.
“I like the NBA and I always see how the players arrive at the games. I am also a fan of Lewis Hamilton. Alaba and Camavinga share this passion. Camavinga walked the catwalk on the last Balenciaga catwalk.”
Lastly, when asked about the preparations for the Super Cup final, the 22-year-old said the players will do everything in their power to take the title back home.
“It is very important to try to win as many games as possible, especially if you want to win in competitions as important as the Super Cup. We will do everything possible to achieve the first piece of jewellery that appears in the season,” he concluded.
Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report
Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact.
As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.
The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.
Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.
Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.
In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.
From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.
In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.