Vinicius Junior provides clarity about his future

    Out-of-sorts Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior has ruled out the possibility of leaving the club despite speculations about his temporary departure. 

    Vinicius Junior soaked up the limelight as Campeonato Brasileiro Série A’s most exciting young prospect during his time at Flamengo. The 20-year-old forward’s blistering showings at the famous Maracana eventually earned him a high-profile €46million move to Real Madrid in May 2017 as underage. Vini had to wait for just over a year to fulfill his dream and wear the coveted white jersey. However, instead of living a fairytale, Junior’s experience at Santiago Bernabeu has turned out to be a first-class disappointment so far.

    Despite receiving plenty of first-team opportunities, Vinicius Junior has often struggled to make an impact. A string of lackluster performances has seen the young Brazilian tumble down the pecking order, with Zinedine Zidane frequently leaving Vini on the bench in recent times. During Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League group stage, Karim Benzema even urged his team-mates not to pass the ball to the pacey forward. Though he ultimately regretted his actions, the Frenchman’s words have a foundation in Vinicius’ recent showings. A tally of three goals and four assists in 29 competitive outings this season clearly indicates the struggle the under-fire winger is going through.

    However, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool were all ready to offer Vinicius an escape route from the Spanish capital last summer. All rumors about the Brazilian’s potential switch to the Premier League have gone silent in the meantime, but a recent falling out between the player and Zidane has sparked fresh talks. Indeed, the Spanish media believes Vinicius could be on his way out of Real Madrid in January, with a loan move on the cards.

    Vinicius himself has no doubts about where his future lies and is ready to step up his game to re-establish himself as a first-team regular. Asked to comment on his readiness to embrace a loan departure, he told TNT Sports: “No. I’m always focused on wanting to be at Real Madrid, being with the best players, learning alongside the best players.

    “I’m 20 years old, and it seems as though I’ve been playing for many years, but I’m only at the beginning of my career.

    “I’m learning a lot from the players that are here, those that play in my position. I want to stay at Real Madrid forever.”

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