Vinicius Junior snubbed Neymar and Barcelona to partner Ronaldo and Marcelo in Madrid

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The Brazilian teenager is on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu, with fellow countryman in the Spanish capital having talked him into a big-money move

Vinicius Junior has revealed that he spoke with Neymar about Barcelona before heeding the advice of fellow Brazilians Marcelo and Casemiro to join Real Madrid.

The highly-rated 17-year-old has a €45 million (£40m/$52m) deal in place to link up with the Blancos, with those at the Santiago Bernabeu having won the race for a much sought-after signature.

It remains to be seen when he will make his way to Spain, with Madrid yet to make a decision on whether to extended a spell at Flamengo or welcome the youngster onto their books this summer.

Whatever his immediate future holds, Vinicius remains convinced that he made the right choice in listening to illustrious countrymen on the books at Real.

He told Marca: “Marcelo and Casemiro helped me a lot in the decision. My family too. They visited all the clubs and ended up opting for Real Madrid.

“I had to think very fast and I think I made the right choice. At Madrid, there are Brazilians who will be able to help me on and off the pitch.

“Also, playing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos... I have no words to explain what that means to me. Being next to the best is something that I always dreamed of, that's why I chose Real Madrid.”

Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Real Madrid

Pressed on whether Neymar, who was on the books at Barcelona when a big-money deal was been discussed, had tried to tempt him to Camp Nou, Vinicius added: “Yes. He always called me, but I was thinking about what would be best for me and for my career.

“I had to go to the club where I could evolve more and improve technically.”

Those who talked him to Madrid have remained in constant contact since a deal was done, with proven performers in Spain keeping a close eye on the development of a future team-mate.

“Casemiro always sends me messages to congratulate me and tell me that I'm on the right track,” said Vinicius.

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“He tells me to continue how I am, that when I arrive I will adapt quickly and I will give them plenty to celebrate."

“And Marcelo always says that I have to maintain my positive football that I have and my ability.

“I'm a big fan of him and I'd like to have a bit of his skill, because that way I'll become an excellent player.”

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