Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has ruled out Vinicius Junior leaving the club on loan: “His time will come and he will stay.”
The teenage Brazilian forward arrived at the outgoing European champions last summer and made an exciting impression in his debut season for the club.
“It's true that he hasn't played much,” Zidane admitted in a pre-match press conference, as cited by Marca.
“His time will come and he will be important for us like the others. He has to be ready. But he is going to stay, that is for certain.”
Earlier this month, Real Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario – who has a close relationship with Los Blancos – indicated he would try to sensationally loan Vinicius in January.
“I would love to have Vinicius, last season he saved Real Madrid from a great failure,” Ronaldo told Fox in Brazil, as cited by Cadena Cope.
“The expectation levels with him are very high, he still has a lot of potential to improve.”
However, that followed on from a recent report in Diario AS which claims that the forward is intent on staying in the Spanish capital and has ruled out a January loan exit.
The report cites that Arsenal and Milan are among the clubs interested in the Brazilian, while Paris Saint-Germain repeatedly asked for him to be included in a theoretical player swap deal last summer with Neymar.
The 19-year-old had enjoyed an excellent debut campaign in the Spanish capital, with four goals in 19 starts in all competitions in 2018-19.
However, this season Vinicius has found things a little tougher and has been selected in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI just four times this campaign, with a further five appearances as a substitute.
There have been times when he has been frozen out of a matchday squad altogether and the prominence of his fellow Brazilian teenager Rodrygo Goes has highlighted his absences.