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Vinícius Araújo aiming to establish himself in Cruzeiro first team amid Valencia talk

The forward in training

Highly rated Cruzeiro forward Vinícius Araújo has been linked with a move to Europe but his agent Daniel Pereira has squashed exit talk.

Spanish newspapers had speculated that Valencia were interesting in signing the youngster but Pereira told Lance that he hasn’t received any bids for his player.

“I received calls from Valencia and the board of Cruzeiro but no offer has been forthcoming. My role is to inform each team when there is an official proposal.

“Vinícius is also not interested in leaving Cruzeiro. The desire of the player is to remain at the club and gain more playing time to consolidate himself as a regular starter.”

The 20-year-old burst onto the season in 2013 and was quickly labeled one of the best prospects from Raposa.

He helped Cruzeiro win the Brasileirão for only the third time in their history last season with some impressive performances.

He only played 16 matches but managed to score seven goals and contribute two assists in his first season to add to his growing reputation.

In Feburary he played in the 2013 Toulon tournament and finished top goalscorer with three goals, including the winner in the final.

It seems his immediate future is with the Belo Horizonte club and if given the opportunity to perform in the Copa Libertadores he could announce himself on the big stage. It is set to be a big year for Vinícius Araújo.


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