Real Madrid’s capture of Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior may have to wait a little while longer than their initial expectations, as the player has insisted he will still be with current side Flamengo until he gets his hands on the league title, despite already securing a £38.7m move to the footballing superpower.
The 17-year-old had been hotly tipped by the Spanish press to complete his move to Los Blancos in the upcoming summer, after he turns 18, with boss Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez continuing their mandate of developing youth talent to take on the world.
This has been no more evident in the sharp rise of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium star Marco Asensio, who, since his €3.5m (£3.15m) switch from Mallorca in 2015, has gone on to become a world-renowned all-beating talent and a key figure in the La Liga champions’ set up.
Real continue to search the market for upcoming diamonds in the rough and have elected that Flamengo youngster Vinicius Junior is to be the next to join the European superpower in hopes of mimicking the success of those before him after agreeing terms earlier this year.
It was thought that Madrid were to finalise the deal and bring the talent to Spain in June, but following a charity clash promoted by himself, the forward stated his immediate plans are to remain in Brazil and help capture silverware for his current side.
“We have not decided anything yet”, the frontman told home nation news outlet Globo.com.
“But I plan to stay until the end of the year (2018). After I conquer the Libertadores I can go and play for Real Madrid.”
With the Brazilian domestic season recently coming to a close, it will be some time before the highly-thought-of youngster is able to fight for the chance to get his hands on the title once again, putting a significant delay on the striker joining up with his new club.