Real Madrid winger Vinícius Júnior has played down concerns about the number of goals he’s scored for the club this season, comparing his situation in the Spanish capital to Raheem Sterling’s career.
The Brazil international has scored just three goals across all competitions this season, while his overall productivity in the final third has fallen after being involved in 15 goals in his first year at Real Madrid.
But Vinícius insists he’s not worried about his lack of goals this time around and says he’s looking to replicate the goalscoring form of Manchester City forward Sterling, who also struggled to find the back of the net in the first part of his career.
“I’m very calm and I know at some point the goals will come,” Vinicius told with Esporte Interativo (via Marca). “I’m only 19 years old.
“[Raheem] Sterling, at my age, did the same thing. He didn’t score so many goals, but this year I think he already has 15 or 16. He improves with every season.”
Vinícius has been linked with a loan move away from Real Madrid throughout his time at the club, most notably following the arrival of Rodrygo during the summer transfer window.
The 19-year-old was briefly tipped to join Real Valladolid – a club owned by former Real Madrid striker, Ronaldo – but Vinícius insists he’s never really considered leaving the Santiago Bernabéu to get more first-team experience.
“It never entered my mind, although I know that in football things can change minute by minute,” he added. “Sometimes you have the thought in your head that you want to change clubs in the middle of the season, but it’s always complex, I never thought like that.
“I always knew I wanted to stay here, doing my best and continuing to play with some of the best players in the world.”
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