Carlo Ancelotti has is keen to bring the Brazil prospect to the Santiago Bernabeu, with the midfielder excited by the thought of linking up with the Portugal captain
Lucas Silva has revealed he has long dreamt of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, as talk over a move to Real Madrid intensifies.
On Monday afternoon, Carlo Ancelotti admitted he is keen on signing the Cruzeiro midfielder, having previously rejected reports of his interest in the player.
Silva has responded to that by talking up a possible move, with the Brazil Under-21 star admitting he is a huge fan of Ronaldo.
He told AS: “I’ve followed his games since I was a kid – from when he was at Manchester United and now, even more since he’s been at Real Madrid.
“He keeps getting better and better – he’s making history. I could never have imagined, not for one moment, that one day I might have the chance to play alongside him – it might happen and it would be a dream.
“I have had many dreams since I was a boy. I couldn’t have imagined things happening so quickly to me and reaching my objectives so soon. I’m thankful to God for all that I am experiencing and playing in Europe would be another dream come true for me.”
Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares has already stated he would be open to selling the 21-year-old if his €15 million valuation is met.
Silva has rose to prominence over the past two years as part of a Cruzeiro side that have won back to back Brasileiro titles.
A deep-lying midfielder by trade, he could be just the player Madrid need in the absence of Luka Modric, who is out of action for three months with a thigh injury, though he says he is capable of playing in more than one position.
“I see myself as a modern player, a good passer of the ball, with good positional sense and a player who directs play for the team.
“When I was a boy, I played more as a striker, after that I dropped back to midfield and then became a winger. I’ve adapted to all of those positions well. I am happiest in the position where I play best and I hope it continues that way.”
Silva’s current deal with Cruzeiro runs until June 2017.