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 By PA Sport

Lucas Silva wants 'dream' link-up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

Lucas Silva is relishing the prospect of lining up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid amid speculation the Spanish giants are closing in on the highly-rated Cruzeiro midfielder.

Silva, 21, has been linked with a move to Madrid next summer but, following injuries to Luka Modric and James Rodriguez, plus ongoing uncertainty about the future of Sami Khedira, the Champions League holders could step up their pursuit of the Brazilian.

And if a move to Madrid does come to fruition in the near future, Silva -- who has also been a reported target of Manchester United and Arsenal -- could not be more pleased.

He told AS: "I'm happy with the news and also very surprised; it shows that people are recognising my work not only here in Brazil but also abroad.

"If it really does happen, because at the moment it's only speculation, it would be very important for my family.

"It would be the realisation of dreams, comforts for everyone and maybe the time has arrived to return the favour to them.''

Silva, 21, has made one appearance for Brazil's under-23 side.

On the prospect of playing with Ronaldo at the Bernabeu, Silva said: "Since I was small I've been following his games, from Manchester United and now much more at Real Madrid. He's making history.

"I never imagined, never expected, that one day maybe something like this could happen; it would be a dream.

"Since I was small I have imagined many things. I never expected this could happen so quickly but all the dreams and goals that I'm achieving are thanks to God, and to play in Spain is another dream."

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Real's interest in the player, but revealed that the Brazilian was not their only option.

"We have to wait for the Christmas period, where everything will be clearer: the recovery of Khedira, Modric ...then we will take a decision," he said at a press conference on Monday.

"We have interest in Lucas Silva, but also in other players. After the Club World Cup, we will take this decision as we see what happens with our midfielders who are currently injured."

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