Vinicius making 'huge strides' at Madrid, says Solari.

Solari pleased with the way Vinicius is improving at Madrid.

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Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari heaped praise on Vinicius Junior, saying the teenager is making "huge strides" at the Bernabeu.

The 18-year-old, who joined the European champions in July last year, scored his third goal of the season in Los Blancos’ 3-0 win over Leganes in the first leg of the Copa del Rey clash.

"It was a very good performance. Vinicius is making huge strides," Solari told a news conference as Goal quoted.

"He's always had the talent but to develop it at the Bernabeu surrounded by wonderful players speaks volumes about his confidence, rawness and the enjoyment he exudes with the ball at his feet.

"He's 18 years of age and you have to look after yourself in football. It's important for him to keep going.

"We're very happy with his current performance levels, he's keen to take people on. He's bold and that individual ability to beat a man is very important in modern-day football.

"His goal showed wonderful technique, and also how he puts defenders off balance. We hope he continues to grow both from individual and collective points of view."

Madrid, who currently lie in fifth spot in the LaLiga table, play Real Betis next on Sunday.

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