The new boss doesn’t want the player to rush as Vinicius Junior did at the start of this season.
It seems Real Madrid’s primary focus is to nurture young and upcoming talents. Their recent transfer activity is an indication of that. The likes of Lenin, Vinicus Junior and Palacios seem the one for the future of the Los Blancos. Florentino Perez is also keen to lure Brahim Diaz from Manchester City in January. Madrid wants to have bright and young talent at Bernabeu. However, it seems this club’s new manager has told Real Madrid target to not join them.
New Santos manager Jorge Sampaoli has warned Rodrygo not to be too hasty in arranging a move to Real Madrid. Sampaoli, who was unveiled as manager of Santos on Tuesday, was asked about the future of the 17-year-old, who has been signed by Real Madrid with him expected in Spain next year.
The former Argentina boss believes Rodrygo should look at Vinicius Junior as a reason for holding off on a move before he is fully ready. Vinicius Junior moved to Real Madrid in the summer after leaving Flamengo but has barely featured for the Spanish giants, playing just five times in La Liga.
Sampaoli told, “I think that Rodrygo, for the good of his career, should consolidate a couple more years here. It would be better for him and for me too. But that is not something I can decide.” He is keen to keep Rodrygo at the club and help him with his development despite the expectation that he will leave Brazil next summer. Sampaoli wants him to realise that moving too soon could hinder him rather than benefit. He said, “Some boys go very quickly to Europe and they can’t find the quality they need day to day. It would be good if they arrived (more ready).”
What Sampaoli said is right. Real Madrid may be the biggest club in the world but they are certainly not the best to nurture young talent. The likes of Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal can be perfect clubs for his development. The likes of Odegaard and Antonio Cassano failed to develop themselves at Santiago Bernabeu.