Real Madrid outside Vinicius Junior has praised manager Carlo Ancelotti for giving him the confidence needed to take his game to the next level.
Once the 21-year-old was seen as a fast outsider with a total lack of composure in front of goal, he has developed that killer instinct this season, shooting home ten goals in 17 games in all competitions and adding another seven assists for good measure. .
That form has seen some, including the interviewer at Cadena SER, describe Vinicius as the best player in La Liga, but the young Brazilian was anxious to avoid praising himself so highly and instead diverted praise to his managers.
“They have all helped me – [Santiago] Solari, [Zinedine] Zidane and now Carlo. With him, I have more confidence, more minutes, more time to do things right. After three years of training, it has really helped, but now Ancelotti has come and given me the confidence I need.
“Trust is important for all players, but now I think I’m ready for this role. Before, I did not know if I was, but now I am. I am ready to be at the top and continue to help the team for a long time. time and many seasons.
“Now I’m 21 years old, before I was younger. I came from Brazil at the age of 18. I had barely played a year of first-team football and I came to Real Madrid, the best team in the world with many fantastic players. I come to learn. I have learned and I will continue to learn every day. “
Vinicius loves life at Real, but things could have been so different because he was not far from joining Barcelona instead of Los Blancos.
“The two clubs moved for me, but I decided on Real Madrid because of the project and what they could do for me,” he stressed. “I thought it was the best project for me and it was the club I had the most connection with.
“I have always loved Real Madrid, I have always loved Cristiano Ronaldo and all the players. I made the right choice and I want to stay here for a long time.”
Vinicius was keen to spread rumors that he is a Barcelona fan, but he could not help but laugh when he was reminded of the speculation that he actually cried when Barcelona were beaten 6-1 by Paris Saint-Germain 2017.
“I played for Brazil that day – I think it was the match that made Real recruit me,” he recalled. “I was the best player, the best goal scorer … and then I signed with Real Madrid.
“When I was little I did not really watch many matches. I always played football with my friends and I did not even watch that match.”
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