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Vinicius: ‘I Have Adapted Very Fast’ To Life At Real Madrid

Vinicius Junior has thanked his fellow Brazilians Casemiro and Marcelo for helping him to settle in quickly at Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old winger, who was previously playing for Flamengo, linked up with Real Madrid in the summer.

Although his playing time was limited under Julen Lopetegui, Vinicius has become increasingly involved under new manager Santiago Solari.

Vinicius told SporTV in Brazil: ‘Casemiro and Marcelo have played a massive part of me settling in so quickly.

‘Nobody – not myself, my family, Real Madrid – would have envisaged me settling in so quickly, I think I have adapted very fast and now evolving as a player.’

Vinicius spent time playing for Real Madrid’s Castilla side earlier in the campaign and believes that the experience was hugely beneficial in terms of aiding his adaptation to his new surroundings.

He said: ‘Playing for the Castilla helped because I was here even though I was not with the first team, I could adapt to Madrid and the way of life, the expectations here.

‘I want to continue earning first-team opportunities, I am very excited.’

Vinicius scored his first goal for Real Madrid in the La Liga clash against Valladolid earlier this month and will be looking to now add to his tally.

Known for his pace and flair, Vinicius will be aiming to feature when Solari’s side face Eibar away on Saturday in their first game after the international break.

Real are currently in sixth place in La Liga but are just four points adrift of leaders Barcelona after 12 rounds of fixtures.

Meanwhile, Real are on track to progress to the knockout stages in the Champions League – they are top of Group G with nine points from four games.

VINICIUS JUNIOR’S SEASON SO FAR

  • La Liga: Three games, one goal
  • Champions League: One game, one assist
  • Copa del Rey: One game, two assists
  • Total: Five games, one goal, three assists

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