Real's Vinicus: I Rejected Offers from Barca

Real's Vinicus: I Rejected Offers from Barca

Vinicius Junior admitted that he had to "follow my heart" when he signed for Real Madrid, turning down interest from rivals Barcelona in the process.

The Brazilian signed with Real Madrid in May 2017, although his transfer from Flamengo did not go through until after his 18th birthday in July 2018.

Vinicius instantly became the subject of plenty of pressure, having become the second-most expensive player in the history of Brazilian football behind only Neymar.

Like his countryman, Vinicius drew interest from Barcelona after breaking out in Brazil, but the now 19-year-old says that he knew that moving to Real Madrid was the best choice for his career.

"I thought it was not true, I thought they were just rumours from the newspapers," Vinicius told AS. "I had proposals from Madrid and Barça too. My father told me that I had to choose and I had to follow my heart."

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