Vinicius: Zidane told me I can have a long career at Real Madrid

first_imgVinicius Junior revealed Zinedine Zidane had told him he could enjoy a long career at Real Madrid.Vinicius, 19, has struggled to cement his place in Madrid since arriving ahead of the 2018-19 season, having starred for Flamengo.The forward scored two goals in 18 La Liga appearances for the Blancos last term, adding a further two goals and six assists in cup competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Despite a mixed start to life in the Spanish capital, Vinicius claims Zidane has backed him to have a good career at Santiago Bernabeu, if he continues improving.”Zidane always tells me to be relaxed and to keep growing because if I do so, and because I am so well treated by everybody, he says I’ll be playing there for a long time,” Vinicius told a news conference on Tuesday.”Much like Marcelo and Casemiro, who have been there for a long time.”Vinicius has made three La Liga appearances to begin the season, although just one of those was a start – last month’s 3-1 win at Celta Vigo.When asked about playing on the right-hand side for Madrid, Vinicius said he was happy to play on either wing.”When I was playing youth football, I did this a little and now I’ve come to play on the right at Real Madrid,” he said.A alegria da primeira entrevista pela Seleção Principal! Friozinho na barriga, @viniciusjr? #JogaBola Fotos: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/S2mvuHF4Y5— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) September 3, 2019″I think it’s important for me and for my career, so that I can play well on both sides.”Of course, I find the right side more difficult as I’m not so used to playing like this, but I’m trying to improve day by day, at each training session with Real Madrid.”Vinicius – who could make his senior Brazil debut in friendlies against Colombia and Peru this month – hopes he can take his chances and impress Zidane at Madrid early in the season.”The beginning of the season is also a bit difficult. New players always are tested and Real Madrid now have plenty of players,” he said.”We are playing more and Zidane always talks to all the players, he gives opportunities to all of us at the beginning, so that we can have a good season.”last_img read more

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