NEWS
Tuesday September 10 2019
Vinicius Junior: Zidane tipped me for long Real Madrid career

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior has explained how boss Zinedine Zidane has told him he will be at the club for a very long time.

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.

He joined Los Blancos in a €45m deal from Brazilian club Flamengo in the summer of 2018 but has to battle for a place among a series of new arrivals this year.

Eden Hazard has arrived from Chelsea in a deal worth €100m while Luka Jovic has been another high-profile attacking arrival.

“Zidane always tells me to be relaxed and to keep growing,” Vinicius told reporters, whilst being on international duty with Brazil.

“Because if I do so, and because I am treated so well by everybody, he says that I will be playing there for a very long time, much like Casemiro and Vinicius Junior.

“Regarding playing on the right-hand side, this is something that I did in youth football and now this is what I am doing with Real Madrid.

“I think it is important for me and my career to be able to play on both sides and I am not as used to playing on the right, but I want to adapt and to grow stronger in various positions.”

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