Brazilian starlet Endrick discusses Real Madrid move and Kylian Mbappé’s possible transfer to Spain
The 17-year-old Palmeiras forward is due to move to Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the summer of 2024, when he turns 18.
Real Madrid are building for the future and one of the players who will have a key role to play is Brazilian starlet Endrick. The teenager, who has agreed to join the LaLiga giants when he turns 18, spoke to TNT Sports in his homeland about his pending move to Europe, the challenges he faces in Spain and the prospect of teaming up with Kylian Mbappé.
Endrick fully focused on soccer
One thing it appears Los Blancos have no need to worry about is their new attacker being distracted from his profession. “I hate night clubs and I hate partying, I prefer going to eat with my family. I don’t even like knowing how much I earn, I just want to play soccer,” Endrick says.
The youngster also had no doubts about the players he’ll be looking to emulate, several which will soon be teammates of his. “Vinícius, Rodrygo, Haaland and Bellingham. They lead a new generation of players who are going to bring us lots of joy and do amazing things of the field”.
Vinícius and Ancelotti advice ahead of Real Madrid transfer
And the first two of the aforementioned quartet have already been in touch with the Palmeiras forward to give him the lowdown on what awaits him. “When they came to Brazil on vacation, we were able to talk, yes. Vini explained to me what things are like there. When they tell me what Madrid is like, I can already imagine being there. I try not to think about it too much so as not to get overexcited”.
Endrick’s future teammates are the only ones fo have been in touch, with Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti having also reached out. “I was able to talk to him when I was in Madrid, at Ronaldo’s house, and I can only thank the manager for all the advice he gave me”.
Dealing with the pressure of elite level sport
Did the Italian have any words of wisdom about how to deal the pressures of elite level soccer? The teenager admits that has been one of the biggest challenges of his career to date. “I thank God for the giving me the gift that I have. Although it’s true that there’s been a lot of talk about me, about 2026 (playing for Brazil at the World Cup), but I don’t listen to it. Before, when I was 16, I did, I listened to it all. I watched all the sports programmes, I went on social media to say what people were saying about me and unfortunately I saw some people attacking me”.
But the forward soon realised that did him more harm the good. “Now I am more relaxed, I spend time with my family and I’m only focused on doing well with Palmeiras before moving to Madrid. I want to make their fans happy, after all, I’m one of them, I’ve never hidden it”.
Endrick on possible Mbappé signing
Is Endrick eyeing up Real Madrid’s vacant number 9 jersey? “What number I end up wearing is the least important thing. I know what comes with wearing the Real Madrid jersey. It doesn’t matter what number I have at the start, I’ll put in the same amount of work. Vini started with 28, then 25, then 20 and now 7, which is a huge responsibility”.
Finally, the Brazilian was asked whether he would like to see Mbappé make a much-rumoured move to Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in 2024. Rather than a threat, he views it as an opportunity. “I am a Real Madrid fan, so the more good players that come, the better. It would be fantastic if he came.”