Vinicius: I’m here for Madrid’s first team

New Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior insists he is ready to challenge for a first-team place at the club after signing from Flamengo.

Reports this week suggests Madrid will loan out the 18-year-old in order to aid his first-team development, but the Brazilian insists this will not be necessary.  

“I have come to be a part of Madrid’s first team,” Vinicius told reporters on Friday.

“I will play for the Castilla initially to adapt and then move as quickly as possible, I believe this move will help me become a much better player.

“There will be a lot of pressure here of course but there was also plenty of pressure at Flamengo, so I must be able to adapt quickly and the aim is to win as much as possible.

“I will need to learn a lot here and also make many sacrifices, but these values have been instilled in me from my family.

“Neymar is my idol, I follow him really closely, it is the same for everyone in Brazil, he is someone to look up to and someone who has led the nation for the past few years.

“I do not know if I am similar to him or not, or if I have the potential to be better, that is up for you guys (the press) to say.

“I have come to Real Madrid to work hard and become an important player for this club.”

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