Flamengo FC star Vinicius Junior, who currently has a pending contract with Real Madrid and will be eligible to play for the Spanish club side later this summer, has said he would have loved to spend more time in Brazil.
The 17-year-old made his wishes known although Los Blancos and Flamengo think otherwise.
Vinicus is a professional Brazilian footballer known for his sensational goal-scoring abilities. His first game for Flamengo was against Atlético Mineiro in Brazilian Série A on 13 May 2017. In that match, he was fielded as an 82nd minute substitute but for his heroic exploits, the club extended his contract until 2022, with a buyout clause set at €45 million.
Image shows Vinicus Junior (2nd from right) and Brazilian football stars
Real Madrid picked interest in the youngster and paid out the full amount almost immediately. Vinicius Junior, the pearl of Flamengo, was only 16 at that time.
For a whooping 45 million euros, both parties reached an agreement on the player’s rights starting from July 2018, when he would have attained legal age as a professional footballer.
“Vinicius will remain at his current club until July 2019,” read an official statement from the European champions on 23 May 2017, “although he will be able to play for Real Madrid earlier than that if both clubs agree.”
Vinicus’ plan to progress more at Flamengo apparently stems from fear that he would be overshadowed by the quality of stars in Spain, but football analysts say Los Blancos management will not put that into consideration.
Madrid is reportedly looking forward to making Vinicus their first signing for the year 2018.
Speaking with Globoesporte after scoring the winning goal against Cabofriense, Vinicus said: “My plan is to continue with Flamengo and mature enough, to help with the whole season. I don’t know how it will turn out, but if it were up to me I would stay at Flamengo to help everyone who always helped me. I have a lot to give.”
However, an unnamed source from Madrid’s decision-making circles said, “He is ready to make the leap.”