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Vinicius 'calm' as he waits for Real Madrid chance

2:21 am AEDT 18/10/18
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The Brazilian has not been able to break into the team even as Real Madrid struggle in La Liga, but the teenager is staying patient

Vinicius Junior is not overly concerned by his lack of playing time at Real Madrid, understanding there is plenty of time to establish himself.

The Brazilian, 18, joined Madrid from Flamengo in a €45 million (£40.5m/$54m) deal in July, but he has featured only twice in La Liga - from the bench on each occasion - for the European champions.

However, Vinicius, who spent the international break with Brazil Under-20s, is pleased with how his move is panning out.

"I have a calm head because I have only just arrived," he said, as quoted by Marca. "I am happy with the group, which is really good, and I hope to train to be able to help the team.

"There was nothing better than being able to make my debut at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"It's always good to play with the best in the world. Playing for Real Madrid is priceless. It's a childhood dream that I always wanted to fulfil."

He is also likely to miss at least two weeks of Real's season due to international commitments, with Brazil travelling to Chile to take part in the 2019 South American U-20 Championship. Vinicius could therefore be away from his club from before the tournament kicks off on January 20 to after the final on February 13 if Brazil can go all the way.

"For now, my focus is on the Under-20s South American championship preparation," he continued.

"It has been really good to join with people from Brazil because we talk about football and live through experiences that every player needs."

Since moving to Madrid, he has also lined out for their reserve side Real Madrid Castilla, scoring three goals in three games in the Segunda Division B. He made his full Real debut on September 29 playing three minutes against Atletico Madrid, becoming the first player born after the turn of the millennium to line out for Real Madrid.