European defending champions Real Madrid have signed another talented Brazilian youngster – Ramon de Araujo Siqueira from Fluminense.
It sees Real continue their South American recruitment, having already struck a deal with Flamengo to sign 17-year-old Vinicius Junior for €46 million.
Siqueira, 19, is a diminutive forward and follows in the footsteps of current Los Blancos star Marcelo, who also cut his teeth in Brazil with Fluminense.
He will be joining Real’s Castilla ‘B’ team, next season, after passing a medical and being given a tour of the club on Monday, according to Marca.
The Whites have been keeping an eye on the striker for the past two years.
According to the Spanish media outlet, the player is set to sign on a loan deal with an option to buy for €5m.
MARCA: 19yr old Fluminense forward Ramon de Araujo Siqueira will join Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team, next season after passing a medical in Madrid and being given a tour of the club’s facilities on Monday. A loan until 2019 with a €5m option to buy. pic.twitter.com/G906EClWNb
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The decision comes after Barcelona decided not to give Real Madrid a guard of honour when they played each other in December, immediately after Madrid had won the FIFA Club World Cup.
“Not performing a guard of honour doesn’t mean we don’t respect Barcelona,” Ramos said after Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid gave Barcelona an 11-point lead atop the table.
“I’ve always said that we’ll do what the coach tells us to.
“People put too much value on the guard of honour, if the boss has said no then we have to respect him.”
Zidane’s men will welcome the Serie A leaders to the Bernabeu on Wednesday night carrying a 3-0 first-leg lead, but with their head coach insisting the job is far from done.
He said: “I’m not interested in any of that. We have to think about Wednesday’s game and do everything possible to get through.
“I’m not bothered about the past, just Wednesday night. We have to be driven, focused, not thinking about other things.
“Everyone is under some kind of illusion that we’re already in the semi-finals, and we mustn’t think like that. On Wednesday, we are going to be put to the sword and we need to get through it.
“We’ll try our best, we’ve gone through the whole season to get to this point.”
Real will entertain Juve having endured a frustrating afternoon as Antoine Griezmann snatched a point for Atletico after Cristiano Ronaldo had fired the the home side into a 53rd-minute lead.
Zidane said: “I’m happy with the match and how we performed because we clearly deserved more. It was a shame we didn’t get more from it, but we could have even lost the game at the end.
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“In the first half, we created chances, but we didn’t score. Then in the second, we got the goal, but they made it difficult for us for 10 minutes after the goal and they levelled things up.
“We had a lot of chances and we did enough to win, but we didn’t get over the line. It’s a shame that we didn’t get the three points.”
Eyebrows were raised when Ronaldo was withdrawn with 27 minutes remaining, but Zidane insisted the 33-year-old needed a rest.
He said: “We’ve got a lot of games and from time to time, he has to rest and that’s it. He’s clever and there are times when you have to rest.
“Nowadays he needs it and every time it does him good, you can see.”
Diego Simeone, whose side beat Sporting Lisbon 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday evening, was satisfied with a draw as Atletico attempt to close the gap to runaway leaders Barcelona.
He said: “We wanted to win in order to cut distance to Barcelona, which is our objective at this stage in the season with just seven matches left.
“It was an important match and after working hard on Thursday, the lads made an enormous effort and we got the draw.”