Real Madrid Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior lauded after debut against Manchester United

Heather Diaz
August 2, 2018

Vinicius, who joined Madrid from Flamengo for €45 million earlier this summer, lined up alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in the left-sided attacking role previously occupied by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cape Town - New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui says Gareth Bale is happy at the club and will reject any transfer move to Manchester United.

Bale hinted at a move away from Madrid after his two-goal display in the UEFA Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May - the Welsh star frustrated with his lack of starts under Zinedine Zidane.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's International Champions Cup opener against United at the Hard Rock Stadium, Lopetegui said: "We are delighted with the squad we have and are convinced that we will fight for all our objectives, and it can not be any other way at Real Madrid". The Frenchman has struggled to find the goal last season, scoring only five in his 32 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid but assisting 11. He expressed a desire to leave and we allowed him to. He's happy to be here, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent. "Everyone is helping me a lot to settle as quickly as possible".

Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are both now overseeing exciting projects at their respective clubs, and keeping hold of their best players will be absolutely vital to their hopes of success this season.

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"I spoke with him and we are happy to have him", he said.

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Ronaldo will hope to make his competitive debut in that fixture before potentially appearing in his first home match at the Allianz Stadium against Lazio seven days later.

"We want to be a great team on the pitch".

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