Vinicius Junior didn’t feature in either the European Super Cup or Real Madrid‘s first La Liga game of the season, with Julen Lopetegui opting to bring the young Brazilian along gradually, according to Marca.
The new Madrid manager, who is reportedly hoping for one more attacking signing before the transfer window closes, was impressed by Vinicius’ performance during pre-season, as were many senior figures at the club.
However, the 18-year-old, who is being viewed as potentially a Neymar-level talent, still represents a risk for Lopetegui at this stage, and the manager reportedly does not believe Vinicius is ready for a first-team promotion just yet.
Lopetegui may also prefer to give the youngster more chances after Madrid have a few wins under their belt, following the 2-0 victory over Getafe in their league opener, so that Vinicius is not placed under too much pressure too quickly.
With Florentino Perez a known admirer of the youngster – he sanctioned a €45million move for a player who hadn’t even broken into Flamengo’s first team when the deal was agreed last year ahead of this summer’s move – it won’t be long before Vinicius gets his chance.
Superstar Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has declared it’s “the greatest nonsense in history” that he tried to force a summer move to Internazionale.
Modric, 32, was chased throughout the summer by the Champions League returnees. This pursuit was even encouraged by the World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner’s agent, with Marko Naletilic stating his client was “thrilled” by the idea of heading to Serie A.
But when quizzed about these reports on Instagram, the Croatia international responded: “It’s the greatest nonsense in history!!”
Modric has won 14 major trophies since he arrived at Santiago Bernabeu from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2012.
2.45pm – Lopetegui heaps praise on Bale
Bale’s cross was headed in by Dani Carvajal for Real’s opening goal in their first match of the new campaign in La Liga, and he later scored his side’s second at the Bernabeu.
“I was pleased with the team in general and Gareth put in a great performance,” said Lopetegui.
“Bale offers us solutions. He played well, like many of his teammates.”
11:00am – Asensio impressed with Real Madrid display
The hosts bounced back from their UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid thanks to goals in either half from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale.
Speaking after the game, Asensio said: “It was very important to do well. We played a complete game and this was the way to start in the league.”
8.40am: Nacho says Bale has nothing to prove
The Wales international was on the scoresheet in Real’s 2-0 victory over Getafe in new coach Julen Lopetegui’s first La Liga game at the helm on Sunday evening.
Speaking afterwards, Nacho told the club’s official website, www.realmadrid.com: “As for Bale, he does not have to follow Ronaldo’s path. He [Ronaldo] marked a time here.
“Bale is a very important player for us and has won many things here and does not have to prove anything to anyone. He has the confidence of all and surely he will do it very well.