Cruzeiro youngster Lucas Silva comments on Real Madrid prospects

Cristiano Ronaldo

Lucas Silva has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but he seems to be keen on joining Real Madrid.

Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva has said that he is open to a move to Real Madrid in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old is highly rated in South American football and has been linked with a plethora of clubs in Europe.

Premier League trio Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all reported to be keen on the services of the youngster, while Madrid are also claimed to hold an interest in him.

It now appears that Silva would choose 2014 Champions League winners Madrid if he had the chance to.

“I was happy with the news [of possibly joining Madrid] but also very surprised," Football Espana quotes him as telling AS. “It’s a sign that my work is valued not only here in Brazil but also abroad.

"If it really happened, because at the moment it's just speculation, it would be important for my family because they're from Goias, a small town where I started my career.

“It would be the realisation of my dreams and comfort for my family. Perhaps it's already time to return them the favour.”

Madrid are the world’s biggest club and every single professional player (if they are sane) would love to play for them.

Silva is no different, but he adds that the presence of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo sweetens the deal for him.

"Since my childhood I've been following Cristiano's matches from Manchester and now much more at Real Madrid,” said the youngster. “I never expected that one day [I'd possibly play alongside him], it would be a dream.”

Arsenal, Tottenham and United will probably be disappointed with Silva’s revelations, but perhaps they need not be.

At this point in time, the Premier League trio need proven world-class talent to realise their ambitions. Signing a youngster is not going to help their cause.

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