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Vinicius Junior close to his renewing his contract at Real Madrid

Vinicius Junior is close to signing a new contract with Real Madrid, per Marca.

His attitude and performances are highly appreciated by the Madrid hierarchy, who kicked off talks of a contract extension after the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea last month.

Forming a lethal partnership with Karim Benzema, the 21-year-old has been in blistering form this term, having racked up 41 direct goal contributions in 50 appearances across all competitions.

He also grabbed his first professional hat-trick in Madrid’s 6-0 demolition of Levante on Thursday and is just the third player in Madrid’s history to record at least 20 goals and assists in a season.

Los Blancos are unsurprisingly working towards securing a contract renewal for their Brazilian sensation, whose current deal in the Spanish capital is due to expire in 2024.

Tying Vinicius to a long-term deal will undoubtedly be a step in the right direction for Madrid, as the club will also be aiming to bring Kylian Mbappe to Santiago Bernabeu in the upcoming transfer window.

Vinicius’ new deal will reportedly last until 2028 and see him triple his current base salary of around €3 million per year in addition to a mammoth €1 billion release clause which would be included.

Madrid have started making plans for the summer, with the La Liga champions also looking to retain the services of Karim Benzema, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez and Luka Modric.

They have already secured the signature of Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea.

In the meantime, the main focus is on the Champions League final against English giants Liverpool on May 28 as Carlo Ancelotti’s men set out to record their 14th title in Europe’s premier club competition.

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