Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari believes that youngster Vinicius Junior is making huge strides at the club, after the player scored the third goal in the Copa del Rey game against Leganes.
Vinicius joined Madrid in July and has been working with the first team, although he has only made one La Liga start so far this season. However, he has already made 13 appearances in all competitions in the current campaign.
Solari is pleased with the player’s development so far and is confident that he will develop into one of the best players in the world.
“It was a very good performance. Vinicius is making huge strides,” he told a news conference, according to Goal.
“He’s always had the talent but to develop it at the Bernabeu surrounded by wonderful players speaks volumes about his confidence, rawness and the enjoyment he exudes with the ball at his feet.
“He’s 18 years of age and you have to look after yourself in football. It’s important for him to keep going.
“We’re very happy with his current performance levels, he’s keen to take people on. He’s bold and that individual ability to beat a man is very important in modern-day football.
“His goal showed wonderful technique, and also how he puts defenders off balance. We hope he continues to grow both from individual and collective points of view.”
Vinicius started the Copa del Rey game against Leganes and helped Madrid record their first win of the calendar year, before he was substituted with 12 minutes left, with another youngster Brahim Diaz coming on in place of him.