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Lucas Silva is thrilled about playing for Real Madrid

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And he loves the idea of being partners with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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After helping his teammates from Cruzeiro to beat Fluminense in their last game of the year, Lucas Silva was interviewed by Diario As, due to the recent interest Real Madrid have shown on the Brazilian midfielder. Here are some of the most remarkable quotes extracted from that conversation:

I am very happy and surprised about the news regarding my transfer to Real Madrid, which clearly indicate that we've been working well and our job is well valued, not only here in Brazil but also outside. Although it is only a matter of speculation right now, it would be very important for me and for my family if it were to happen.

I have watched Ronaldo's games since I was a child, back when he played for Manchester United, but with more interest now that he plays for Real Madrid. He keeps doing well, making history. I never imagined that, some day, I might be able to play with him. When I was a small kid I used to imagine many things, but I never imagined they would come true, and for sure not that it would be so fast. I thank God for all the goals I am fulfilling and all my dreams that are coming true, and being able to play in Europe would be just one more dream on the list.

I am a modern footballer, with good passing skills, good positioning and who mainly makes the team play. I started playing as a striker when I was a kid, but later I turned into a midfielder and finally defined myself as a central midfielder. My adjustment was good, and I like this role because it is where I have performed the best and I will try to continue to do so.