Zinedine Zidane ‘gambles on Vinicius Junior’ as Real Madrid boss prepares to hand Brazilian youngster a key role alongside Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic
- Vinicius had been linked with a loan move away from Real Madrid this summer
- Zinedine Zidane is now set to give the Brazilian a starting berth on the right wing
- Former Real striker Ronaldo had hoped to take Vinicius to Valladolid for a season
- The 18-year-old will play on the opposite side to new £150m man Eden Hazard
Vinicius Junior will be Zinedine Zidane’s first-choice right winger when Real Madrid kick off the new La Liga season in August.
The Brazilian, who doesn’t turn 19 until next month, enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last term, playing 31 times after stepping up from the B team.
And despite Zidane spending big in the transfer market this summer, he is ready to hand Vinicius a starting role in his new-look side.
Spanish paper Marca claim that Vinicius will start on the right wing for Real Madrid next term
The Brazilian youngster impressed last season and will play a big part under Zinedine Zidane
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the former Flamengo star will start wide on the right, with £150million man Eden Hazard on the opposite wing.
Luka Jovic, who last week joined Real from Frankfurt in a £62m deal, will battle it out with Karim Benzema for a place up front.
Vinicius burst into Madrid’s starting XI last season after B team boss Santiago Solari stepped up to take charge following the departure of Julen Lopetegui.
Eden Hazard, pictured in action for Belgium on Tuesday night, will start on the left for Real
Vinicius made 31 appearances for Real Madrid last season as they finished third in La Liga
He stayed in the team under Zidane, although recent reports in Spain suggested the Frenchman was willing to allow him to leave on loan this summer.
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo, who now owns Spanish club Valladolid, had hoped to use his links with Real to lure his compatriot for a season.
But Marca claim that Vinicius has done enough to convince Zidane that he has what it takes to be first choice next season.