The former Brazil international is confident the forward is ready for a move to Europe, stating he is one of the the best young talents to emerge for over a decade
Palmeiras midfielder Ze Roberto believes Real Madrid would be the perfect club for team-mate Gabriel Jesus, despite interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The Catalan side have scouted the 19-year-old several times and are said to be interested in snapping him up in the near future, though the forward insists he will stay at Palmeiras for the time being .
Ze Roberto – who won La Liga and the Champions League at Madrid and enjoyed two spells at Bayern Munich – says the German side have asked him about his team-mate, but he believes a move to the Santiago Bernabeu would be ideal.
“I think he is ready to make the move to Europe,” Ze Roberto told AS .
“A few months ago someone from Bayern Munich got in touch with me to talk about him. They wanted to know how he is outside the pitch.
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“But I think Real Madrid would be the best option for him. To work with Zinedine Zidane and train alongside stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. He would be able to learn from three of the best. That is why I think Madrid would be ideal for him.
“A transfer now seems difficult, though. Palmeiras do not have to sell. I can only see him leaving if someone pays his buy-out clause.”
Ze Roberto believes Gabriel Jesus is the best young player to have come through in Brazil since Barcelona star Neymar, adding: “I have nothing but good things to say about him.
“He’s the best player I’ve seen come through the ranks in Brazil since I returned from Germany in 2006.
“And I’ve seen a lot of players come through. But Gabriel Jesus is different. He has some spectacular talents.
“He is not better than Neymar, though. Neymar is from another planet. I have never seen anyone like him. Neymar is extra-terrestrial. When I was at Santos, the senior players showed up early just to see him play in one of the youth teams.
“But after him, Gabriel Jesus is the best young Brazilian player I’ve seen over the past 10 years. He is a modern player. He has power, pace, technique and is explosive. It is hard to compare him to anyone, because he is unique. He can play anywhere in attack.”