Vinicius does not give up

Although he was sure he would not start at the Etihad, he did expect to play. He goes on vacation thinking of convincing Zidane ... and without calls from outside.


This was not, of course, the end of the season dreamed of for Vinicius (20 years). The Brazilian, who in his second year as a madridista, as in the first, has lived on a roller coaster, goes on vacation sad because of the elimination of his team in the Champions League and for not having even had the opportunity to help in the field to overcome the 1-2 in favor of City. In the first leg, on the other hand, he had been the starter and the most influential of the night, as well as an assistant in the 1-0, until with that score Zidane replaced him.

In the sports direction, where Vinicius has many defenders, especially Florentino Pérez, it also left a bad taste in his mouth the fact that he did not even warm up in Manchester. The carioca, however, sensed throughout the week that he would not be a starter. He observed, especially in the pre-game sessions, that Hazard was training well, with no apparent discomfort despite the fact that he could not possibly reach 100% physical this month. In addition, Vini was and is aware that the Belgian, a differential footballer, for whom Madrid has paid more than 100 million euros and a weakness for Zidane, is ahead of him on the left. What did surprise him was not even heating up, a situation not contemplated in his head.

That decision by Zizou not only caught Vinicius off guard. Right away, the attacker's name became a trend on Twitter and in the subsequent telematic press conference, in which his coach was asked about him twice. "If I regret it? Everyone can give their opinion, it is also normal, but then I am the coach. Yes, you could change before, change to another player, but that will not change things. The changes have been those", conceded in part by the technician.

Madrid does not contemplate the transfer or sale of Vinicius

Vinicius was not angry with Zidane, but with the situation. The '25', and this is a total trend in the squad, feels such admiration and respect for him that he ate his disappointment and went home. Like Marcelo, a veteran and even a friend of the coach. Or Rodrygo, from whom not a bad word came out when he was temporarily relegated to Castilla, just before confinement. Everyone points out that Zidane is fair and ends up giving opportunities.

With everything, much less Madrid or Vinicius are considering a transfer or a sale. With 20 years still, he has won three titles (Club World Cup, Spanish Super Cup and League) and in this 2019-20 he has been the 12th player in minutes (1,817) for Zidane. And the room for improvement is wide. Now is the time to disconnect, except for change of plans in southern Spain. No moves are expected, unlike last summer, for him. PSG has not called since 2019, like Arsenal, and the last approach was from Chelsea, in November, through the club. The answer was clear: "Vinicius is not for sale." And, for all this, Vinicius does not give up.

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