The 16-year-old Flamengo starlet is reportedly on the verge of a mega-money move to Spain but his Under-17 boss is wary of Brazil's hype machine
Barcelona and Real Madrid target Vinicius Junior has what it takes to make it to the very top of world football, says his international coach Carlos Amadeu.
Flamengo are already said to have snubbed a major offer from Barcelona for the 16-year-old and reports in Brazil this week suggest Real Madid have agreed a €45 million move which will see the youngster head to the Spanish capital shortly after his 18th birthday.
Vinicius was the star of Amadeu’s triumphant Brazil side which claimed the Under-17 South American Championship in March, named the tournament’s best player after topping the goal scoring charts with 7 goals in Chile.
"Vinicius has everything to become a top-quality player, to move up to the senior Brazil squad and play for the biggest clubs around the world,” Amadeu told Brasil Global Tour.
“If he remains focused on his goals, he has all the tools. He has a lot of technical qualities and is showing a cool head in amongst all the glamor that is currently surrounding him. He has remained balanced, and if he stays like that he can reach the top.”
Amadeu, however, believes Brazil’s latest wonderkid has a long way to go before realising his potential and hopes that those talking him up will also support him through the bad times.
“I also am fully aware that, despite his progression so far, he may well take a very different path,” Amadeu warned.
“I see him as a promising player, but we really do not have to create so much fanfare. He's a good lad, with a good head on his shoulders, and so I really hope that these people who are talking about him so much right now will also show patience when he inevitably starts making mistakes.”
Amadeu has been working at the top of youth football in Brazil for more than 20 years and believes the hype that greets so many of the nation’s top young talents does them few favours, insisting there are far too many variables in play to accurately predict what lies ahead for the talents he has helped to mould.
“We find these diamonds and we all expect they will happily be cut, be open to the knowledge that can be passed down to them, that they are thirsty for information and will learn to deal with failures,” he said. “But we can never be sure, especially because of the social difficulties that our country faces, which leads to us losing so many young talents.
“I always describe promising players as jewels, whose carat is yet to be discovered. We have to be a little careful, because if we can give them peace of mind instead of glitz, glamour and exaggerating their talents, I think we will start to develop better players.”