Budding superstar Vinicius Junior has made it clear that he wants Carlo Ancelotti to stay with Real Madrid, but he also wants the manager to leave the door open for Brazil. Despite collecting LaLiga and Champions League trophies last season, there are rumblings that the Italian could depart the club this summer. The Spanish giants are current second in the domestic league, 13 points behind rivals Barcelona.
However, Real is still performing well in the Champions League. They beat Chelsea Wednesday night in the first leg of the quarterfinals. Ancelotti will now lead his team to west London next week to finish out the tie.
Vinicius sees Ancelotti at both Brazil and Real
Following Wednesday’s match, Vinicius was asked if he would rather have Ancelotti as Real or Brazil coach. “Let’s hope it’s both,” proclaimed the 22-year-old star. “For me, yes [he’s the best coach in the world]. I don’t know about everyone else, but for me and for the players here, he is.”
The Italian coach has been linked with the Brazil job for weeks. Brazil has reportedly approached Ancelotti about the position and many of the national team players have spoken highly about the coach. Goalkeeper Ederson even previously claimed that there was a “big possibility” that Ancelotti would join Brazil.
Star winger wants to keep winning big trophies at Real
Along with questions about his coach, Vinicius was also asked about his future. Reporters asked the winger if he could possibly win a Ballon d’Or with the Spanish club. “I see myself playing at my best, winning a lot of Champions Leagues like Karim [Benzema] has, like Luka [Modric] has,” said Vinicius.
“They’re great players who’ve been here and written their names in the history of the best club in the world … I hope I can sign [with Madrid] forever.”
Although he started his young career a bit slow at Real, the Brazilian has been on fire as of late. In fact, Vinicius has a combined 20 goals/assists in his last 20 Champions League appearances. He also has 21 goals and 16 assists in all competitions so far this season for his club.
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