Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior celebrates his goal in the Champions League final against Liverpool
Vinicius Junior announced his desire to stay at Real Madrid, claiming they are the most “united” since he arrived in 2018.
The 21-year-old Brazilian enjoyed a breakthrough year this past season, providing 17 goals and 13 assists in Real Madrid’s LaLiga title triumph, before scoring in the final to claim the club’s 14th Champions League.
He has two years left on his contract but is expected to extend until 2026, turning down reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
In anticipation of a contract renewal, Vinicius cited the atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu as a critical factor in his growth.
“I will continue in the biggest team in the world,” he told Sport TV. “It’s the most united team since I arrived. The celebrations were different this year. We all felt something special.
“Younger people arrived with Rodrygo, [Eder] Militao, [Eduardo] Camavinga and me. Everyone likes each other and that’s important.
“It’s the best atmosphere in the world. Everybody wants to be there. The most experienced give us peace of mind and freedom to do what they want.”
In the meantime, Vinicius has become a more regular figure for the Brazil national team, playing in seven of the Selecao’s final 11 World Cup qualifiers and starting in five of them.
Despite his own burgeoning status, the 21-year-old revealed he will still be looking to defer to the talismanic Neymar later in the year in Qatar, as Brazil seek a sixth World Cup title.
“He is our best player,” Vinicius said. “The rivals always focus more on him and he asks us to run into space because he has great quality to find us. He does everything for me, he is a great friend.
“The pressure is greater for him being older. He calls it responsibility. He also takes it away from us, from those who are arriving. Playing for the national team is a lot of pressure, but we’re getting used to it.”