Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Real Madrid would not be allowing Vinicius Junior to leave in the January transfer window – even on a loan deal. The Brazilian winger has been pushed to the fringes of the first-team, and he has not started a game for the club since the middle of October. Vinicius Junior has found it difficult to process claims for a starting spot after scoring only once in 11 games for the club. The 19-year-old is a spot of bother, as the intense pressure on Zidane to get results keeps pushing him towards the established names.
Madrid have been able to find a sweet spot over the last few weeks, and results have been extremely good – even if the team ended up dropping two points in the 2-2 midweek draw with PSG. At this juncture, it becomes even more difficult for Vinicius Junior to force his way into the first-team selection. According to Goal.com, Zidane said:
“Vinicius isn’t going to go. He’s going to continue here. It’s not his moment right now, but it will be.
“I have 26 players and I have to leave some out of the squad. It’s not his moment, as I’ve said, but he has to be ready for when it is.”
Signed from Flamengo in the summer of 2018, Vinicius Junior was initially part of the Madrid B team before being pushed into the first-team. The 19-year-old cost an incredible €46 million – a figure so high in Brazilian football that it is only dwarfed by the sale of Neymar to Barcelona – in 2018.
He had a remarkable first season at the club under Santiago Solari, but a string of summer arrivals coupled with a managerial change have turned around fortunes overnight. Despite being injury free, he has only featured in four league appearances from the start. The 19-year-old was completely out of the first-team squad for the Champions League game against PSG.
A glimmer of hope for the young Brazilian is an injury to Eden Hazard, who has been showing signs of returning to his best in recent weeks. The Belgian picked up an injury against PSG and could be set for a few weeks on the sidelines. This could open up a small window of opportunity for Vinicius before the Spanish league heads into the winter break. The 19-year-old could get a place in the starting line-up when Madrid take on Deportivo Alaves this weekend.
Vinicius Junior already has a huge amount of pressure on his young shoulders due to the transfer fee. Unfortunately, the timing of his arrival at Madrid has not been so great with the club going through a turmoil.
The major hope for Vinicius would be the latest comments by Zidane. It is a strong indication that the youngster remains in the plans of the Frenchman, but now may not be the time for giving a chance to youngsters. Madrid have been able to move up to 2nd in the table, but the team remains just behind Barcelona. It is a sizable recovery for the Los Blancos considering the struggles in the first few months of the season. Still, there is a long way to go before Zidane is able to put Madrid in a strong position – in the La Liga and Champions League.