The former captain of the Brazil U17 team has joined Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. The 18-year-old has made a name for himself through his technical ability, his ability to pick out a teammate and his impressive playing intelligence.
Reinier, full name Reinier Jesus Carvalho, came up through the youth ranks at Rio de Janeiro-based Flamengo and then won the double of domestic title and Copa Libertadores – the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League – with the Brazilian giants in 2019. A move to Real Madrid followed in January 2020, although he has not made a single competitive appearance for the senior squad – in large part due to the corona pandemic. But he has still trained with Zinedine Zidane’s team and made three appearances for the reserves, scoring two goals.
"Reinier is a player who possesses enormous talent and can be deployed in various attacking positions," said sporting director Michael Zorc. "We’ve been keeping tabs on the lad for over two years; in addition to his outstanding technical qualities, he also boasts a strong physical presence. Following the long break from competitive football, we’ll give him the necessary time to adapt to professional football in Germany and he can then be an additional option for us going forward."
The 18-year-old (born 19.1.2002) will be accompanied by his family as he moves to his second club in Europe. ''Family life is very important for us in Brazil,'' said the youngster in an interview with BVB-TV by 1&1 back in August. ''For me, it's always very important that my father feels happy. My mother and my youngest sister are still in Madrid. We're waiting for them to join us.''
''He’s a player that reminds me of the number tens of the past. A classic midfielder who can control play very well and also get forward into the box. He’s more-or-less the complete package - the type of player that can create chances and convert them as well,'' says Brazil U17 coach Guilherme Della Dea. Despite his young age, Reinier has already attracted the attention of senior coach Tite, who had the following to say about the technically gifted youngster: ''He has an understanding of the game that allows him to create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates with just one touch of the ball. He can dictate the rhythm of play and act as the lynchpin at the heart of midfield.''
Reinier is capable of being the difference maker in the middle of the park with his strong right foot, especially when he has space to conjure up some magic in transition. He is often mentioned in the same breath as Kaka, the playmaker for the Selecao between 2002 and 2014. Although flattered, Reinier tries to play down the comparisons: ''Of course, it's a great thing to be compared with a player like that. But I don’t want to be a second Kaka; I want to be Reinier. I like to play quickly, with short passes and one-twos. I like to help my team-mates, to get them in good shooting positions or to have a go at goal myself''
Reinier now has the chance to wow the Black & Yellow fanbase for the next two years. "I’m happy to be here,'' says the 18-year-old, going on to add: ''BVB are known for their focus on young players and improving them. I would like to learn a lot and play a lot here and help the team be successful. I hope that we’ll experience many happy moments together."