Vinicius Junior to arrive in Madrid on Saturday

11 Jul 2018

It has not yet officially been confirmed, but Vinicius Junior could be presented by Real Madrid as soon as Monday, just a couple of days after his arrival in Spain on Saturday.

The Brazilian’s future will be decided by new coach Julen Lopetegui, after the first stages of the pre-season.

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure and taking into account that his replacement has yet to arrive, Vinicius Junior will have the chance to prove he can be a member of the first-team squad.

The Brazilian, however, is expected to be loaned to another team in order to adapt to European football, before joining Real Madrid’s senior team.

Having played for one of Brazil’s biggest clubs, the teenager has come to understand how to work under pressure, but he has admitted feeling a bit nervous.

“There is a new challenge that I have to overcome, being so young,” he wrote on Instagram.

“May God bless me and also my family and may my friends help me more and more.

“Without a doubt that is the greatest dream and challenge of my life.

“Not even in my best dreams did I dream of this beautiful and wonderful career start.

“And sometimes I think, how could it be that I deserve so much?

“I thank God every day, I hope he gives me even more strength to make my dreams real.”

Although Real Madrid agreed a deal for the player last year, he can only move to Europe after his 18th birthday, which is on Thursday.

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