In an exclusive interview on France Football, Vinicius Junior talked about his own change compared to 4 years ago, from a shy teenager to the new symbol of Real Madrid. Vini also talked about his ambition to win the Golden Ball, about coach Carlo Ancelotti, Jude Bellingham, and Kylian Mbappe.
Casemiro and Marcelo told me a lot about him. He is a “reference” for everyone. I didn’t get to see him play much, I was too young but there was YouTube. As a coach, Zizou has helped me a lot, especially with my ability to retreat and defend.
In Brazil, I was never asked anything related to defense, or hardly at all. It changed me a lot. Zizou made me understand that those two things (attack and defense) do not conflict with each other. He taught me a lot. And at that time I was the youngest! When other people work a little less, I have to do it.
We are really happy that he signed the contract. I’ve been texting Jude for months! I seduced him, well, I didn’t seduce him, I just told him the truth: “This is the best team in the world.” I know other clubs want Jude. Juni Calafat (recruitment boss at Real Madrid – Reporter) is a friend and he knew I could help a little, so I did.
I did the same with Cama. I sent him a message to seduce him, Cama came and won the Champions League. Let’s hope the same happens to Jude. I don’t know him personally, but I really want him to join the club. I watched him play and I wanted to play with the best. Jude is one of the best players in the world and the whole team loves him. He scores, he’s happy. He chose the best club.
No, that’s something else! Kylian has his circumstances. With Jude, I know he can move this summer. And it was perfect the way it worked out. But here everyone wants to play football with Kylian. I hope it happens one day. He is one of the best players. No, probably the best today. He has his own distinct class!