Real Madrid: Zidane says Vinicius will not go out on loan
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media ahead of Real Madrid's trip to Alavés and said Vinicius would be staying at the Bernabéu despite his bit-part role.
Zinedine Zidane has scotched talk of Vinicius Junior being loaned out in January despite the Brazilian teenager falling out of favor at the Bernabéu due to the arrival of Eden Hazard and the emergence of Rodrygo as a first-team regular since his summer arrival from Santos.
Vinicius has been constantly linked with a move to Valladolid under the tutorship of former Madrid striker Ronaldo, with the Brazil legend publicly stating his desire to land the 19-year-old in January to help out with the Pucelas’ campaign. Valladolid are currently 14th and seem in little danger of being dragged into a relegation battle that already looks like a straight scrap between Leganés, Espanyol and one other but only the current bottom four have scored fewer goals than Sergio’s side, who have lost three of their last four.
Zidane: "We'll see about Brahim and Mariano in January"
Two players who do seem destined to leave in January are Brahim Díaz and Mariano, who have managed 18 minutes of action between them this season with the striker only making the bench once, for the 1-0 defeat in Mallorca. Brahim featured for nine minutes in that game and added another nine against Eibar a couple of weeks ago but otherwise has been omitted from the squad entirely throughout the current campaign.
“We’ll see in January,” Zidane added. “It’s true that they have played very little but between now and January things can happen and we’ll wait until then to have a look at their situation. At the moment, they are with us and training well in case we need them.”