SANTOS forward Rodrygo Goes has confirmed he will be joining Real Madrid in July.
Real Madrid reportedly agreed a fee in the region of €45m (£40m) for Rodrygo in June to sign the highly-rated 17-year-old.
Rodrygo, who celebrates his 18th birthday in January, does not expect to make the move to the Bernabeu before the end of the season though.
“I don’t believe there is a chance I will leave for Madrid early,” Rodrygo explained in an interview with Gazeta Esportiva.
“It’s agreed that I’m going in July.
“That agreement is between Santos and Real Madrid.
“I’m focused on Santos.
“When I get there, I will think about it.
“For the moment I just want to stand out with Santos.”
Rodrygo, who became Santos’ youngest goalscorer when he netted in the Copa Libertadores in March, recently finished fourth in the Kopa Trophy standings behind winner Kylian Mbappe.
The teenager, who has two goals in his last three appearances, is now set to follow countryman Vinicius Junior to the Spanish capital.
Vinicius Junior completed his switch for a familiar fee from Flamengo in the off-season and already has five appearances to his name this term.
Elsewhere, reports in Spain claim Madrid have reached another agreement with Chelsea star Eden Hazard, who will also be joining in the summer.
Onda Madrid, via their show El Partido de la Una, claim Los Blancos now have a full agreement with Hazard over a summer transfer.
However, unlike Rodrygo’s situation, Los Blancos still need to agree terms with Chelsea, who are demanding £170m for their star player.
Chelsea are still working on tying Hazard down to a new deal with his current contract running until 2020.
And the Blues hope the possibility of making him a future captain for the club will be enough to convince him to stay.
“Yes, I don’t want to say no of course,” he told Sky Sports when asked if he would like to be captain.
“But I think some of the players deserve more to be captain than me.
“I mean outside football I always try to give everything for the fans, like in interviews I try to be an example, so if I’m the captain I would be happy.”