Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo still hasn't sunk in, says new Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior

New Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior says the
prospect of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo is
yet to sink in.
The 16-year-old Flamengo star sealed an
astonishing move to Madrid, reportedly worth
€45million, on Tuesday.
Vinicius will be a Madrid player from July 2018
after he has turned 18, but the Spanish champions
plan for him to stay at Flamengo for a further year
unless both clubs agree otherwise.
The eventual prospect of linking up with Ronaldo,
the favourite to win this year's Ballon d'Or and
retain the game's most prestigious individual prize,
is something Vinicius is still coming to terms with.
"It still hasn't sunk in," Vinicius said to Fox Sports
when asked about the Portuguese superstar.
"I really like Cristiano Ronaldo and [Gareth] Bale,
but for now I think about playing in Flamengo with
Diego and [Jose Paolo] Guerrero.
"It was not me that decided anything, it was my
representatives together with Flamengo and my
"I'm happy with reaching the objective, but now is
about going step by step to win many titles with
the Flamengo shirt. Then I will think about Real
Madrid. I only think about arriving there with a
clear head and still have to spend more time at
Flamengo, from one to two years, to mature.
"I am not thinking about money, just playing and
giving joy to the Rubro-Negro nation. I am very
happy with the transfer, but my head is not in Real
Madrid, only in Flamengo."
The teenager has impressed for Brazil at youth
level, topping the scoring charts with seven goals
as his country won the South American Under-17
Championship in March.
Vinicius only made his first-team debut for
Flamengo as a late substitute in the 1-1
Campeonato Brasileiro draw against Atletico
Mineiro on May 13.

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