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Good day Madridistas!

The Sport360 team is here bringing you the latest Real Madrid news on Tuesday.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

10pm – Vinicius Junior tipped for stardom

Vinicius Junior

Real Madrid Castilla coach Santiago Solari says young Brazilian Vinicius Junior will bring “a lot of happiness” to the club in the future after handing the 18-year-old his Castilla debut on Sunday.

9pm – Xabi Alonso begins coaching career

Former Los Blancos midfielder Xabi Alonso has taken his first steps into management, taking charge of Madrid’s Infantil A side. He’s one of three former Madrid players climbing up the coaching ranks at the club.

Read more here.

5:30pm – Ronaldo wins UEFA.com goal of the season award

Cristiano Ronaldo Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick goal against Juventus, his new employers in the first leg of last season’s Champions League quarterfinal has been voted the goal of the season on UEFA.com.

Read more here.

5.15pm – Madrid celebrate Lopetegui’s birthday

Head coach Julen Lopetegui is celebrating his 52nd birthday on Tuesday, and the club marked the occasion with a montage of the manager’s best moments of his short Madrid career so far.

3.30pm – Lopetegui in contact with Mariano

Real star: Diaz.

Set for a Real return? Mariano.

According to Marca, Whites boss Julen Lopetegui has been in touch with Lyon striker Mariano in a bid to convince the former Los Blancos star to move back to the Bernabeu.

Reportedly, their conversation could be make-or-break for the striker over whether he returns to the Spanish capital.

12.30pm – Los Blancos chase Mariano signature

Wanted man: Mariano.

Wanted man: Mariano.

Real Madrid could make a late move for former White and Lyon forward Mariano, who had been set on a transfer window switch to Sevilla.

Read the full story, here.

10am – Lunin loan deal agreed

Los Blancos, on Monday evening, confirmed young Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin will spend this season on loan at Leganes.

The 19-year-old arrived from Zorya Luhansk in June and is set to gain valuable first-team experience, given Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas are the two senior goalies at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's new Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin speaks during his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on July 23, 2018. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

New arrival Andriy Lunin is heading out on a season-long loan deal.

9.30am – Watch Bale’s August goals

Whites superstar Gareth Bale has a habit of finding the net in August…

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (R) vies with Girona's Colombian defender Bernardo Espinosa during the Spanish league football match between Girona FC and Real Madrid CF at the Montilivi stadium in Girona on August 26, 2018. (Photo by Pau BARRENA CAPILLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA CAPILLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Strong start to the season: Gareth Bale.

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Vinicius Junior tipped to become future star by Real Madrid Castilla coach Santiago Solari

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Vinicius Junior joined Madrid this summer.

Vinicius Junior has been tipped to become a future Real Madrid star after making his debut for the team’s Castilla team on Sunday.

Former Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari, now Castilla manager, gave Vinicius his first appearance in a 2-0 win over Las Palmas Atletico, then backed the 18-year-old to bring Madrid “a lot of happiness”.

“It’s not about what Vinicius can give to Castilla,” Solari said. “It’s about what the club, the institution, Castilla and the technical staff can give him to improve and to adapt because he will bring us a lot of happiness in the future.”

The Brazilian youngster linked up with Madrid this summer after agreeing to join the side last July, and featured heavily in preseason. However, manager Julen Lopetegui dropped him from the first team for the UEFA Super Cup tie against Atletico Madrid, and then the La Liga opener against Getafe.

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Xabi Alonso begins coaching career at Real Madrid academy

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Alonso was at Madrid for five seasons.

Xabi Alonso has returned to Real Madrid to begin his coaching career.

The former Los Blancos midfielder, who left the club for Bayern Munich in 2014, is taking charge of Real Madrid’s Infantil A youth team.

Alonso has made no secret of his desire to go into management, and has completed his UEFA coaching courses to that end. The next step to full-time coaching is to complete a year at academy level, which Alonso is beginning now.

Along with Alonso, former Madrid players Raul and Santiago Solari are also completing their first steps in coaching at Madrid’s academy teams. Raul is the manager of the Cadete B side while Solari is heading up Real Madrid Castilla.

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