Real Madrid News: New boy to fight for place

1 year ago

In the latest Real Madrid news, Vinicius Junior has confirmed he wants to battle for a spot in the first team.

The Brazilian youth international joined Madrid from Flamengo last year but FIFA rules meant the transfer could not be completed until he turned 18 years of age.

He has now joined up with his new team-mates in time for pre-season as Madrid attempt to regain the La Liga title and defend their Champions League crown under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

And Vinicius Junior says he is hoping to play a part in the first team for the Bernabeu outfit during the 2018-19 season.

“I am staying at Real Madrid with the first team,” he said. “I will play some games with Castilla [the youth team] to adapt as quickly as possible.

“I can do everything I did at Flamengo and do better. I will show I am ready to play and show everything possible as quickly as I can. I know the adaptation will not be easy but I am ready to do whatever is necessary.

“I am coming from Flamengo, another club with a lot of pressure. The people around me are here to help me with this. I never think of failing, just succeeding, winning as much as possible.”

He has spent the week training with the team ahead of the International Champions Cup friendly series in the USA and says he has been impressed with Lopetegui’s approach so far.

“Football is a bit different here, but coach Lopetegui is helping me a lot, telling me what I must do, how I can improve,” he added. “This is the best opportunity a football player can have.

“I will sacrifice a lot to show I deserve this opportunity. But sacrifice is not something new for me. I come from a very simple family and am very proud of all they did for me and the values they have taught me.”

Real Madrid are 5/4 to win the La Liga title with William Hill in 2018-19.