Vinicius Junior is, by all intents and purposes, a Real Madrid player. That is how former Flamengo president Kleber Leite detailed the operation, which has been signed by both clubs for the teenage sensation in his blog. "As I was a little behind on updates regarding the news, I was surprised by some of the things I read, saw and heard. For example, some people were saying that Vinícius Júnior had renewed his contract and that now he was closer to joining Real Madrid. Friends, Vinicius Júnior is not closer to Real Madrid. He already is a Real Madrid player”, Leite wrote, adding: “It's not purely by chance that the retention clause for a foreign club has been raised from 30 milllion to 45 million euros. Curiously, that is the same figure which Real Madrid will pay Flamengo in installments - which they will start paying as from now, and the payment plan will end once the player physically joins them”.