Arsenal target Vinicius Junior is aware his future at Real Madrid may be on the line after losing the faith of manager Zinedine Zidane, according to Defensa Central.
In Martin Odegaard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and £38 million Brazil international Vinicius, the La Liga champions have some of the most exciting young talent in European football at their disposal.
The problem is, Zidane seems to trust Odegaard and co about as much as you would a hungry dog with a freshly baked steak pie.
Odegaard, Militao and Jovic have all been pushed to the periphery by the Real boss.
And now it seems Vinicius, once viewed the twinkle-toed future of this Los Blancos squad, has fallen by the wayside too.
After Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal showed an interest in taking the 20-year-old on loan, Vinicius has played just 20 minutes of football during Real Madrid’s last four La Liga matches.
Exhilerating but erratic, wonderfully talented but often wasteful, the former Flamengo star is hardly the most consistent of players and it seems his tendency to flick from boiling hot to freezing cold could bring a premature end to his Madrid career.
Vinicius was even left on the bench during Saturday’s grim goalless draw with Osasuna. The return of Eden Hazard and revival of Marco Asensio have pushed Vinicius even further to the fringes.
Defensa Central adds Vinicius has lost the trust of Zidane and knows, deep down, it will be difficult to force his way back into the team. As you would imagine, the Brazilian is far from happy with his reduced role.
Arsenal fans may question why Vinicius is required at the Emirates, with Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe all under 21.
But on his day, Vinicius can be an unstoppable attacking force, capable of making grizzled full-backs look like cones on a training pitch.
If he adds end product to his game, Vinicius will be one of the most feared wingers in world football. That, however, is quite a large ‘if’.