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Real Madrid target admits to idolising Cristiano Ronaldo, wants ‘dream’ Europe transfer

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In a recent candid interview with Mundo Deportivo, Athletico Paranaense striker Vitor Roque has admitted that he sees Cristiano Ronaldo as an inspiration, while also revealing that he dreams of a move to Europe.

Roque is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in Brazilian football currently. Just aged 17, the striker has played an important role in his team’s progress to the Copa Libertadores final, where they will face Flamengo later tonight.

Ahead of the game, the teenage forward admitted that he dreams of winning the tournament and then moving to Europe in the imminent future.

“Of course, it’s a dream, but I have to work and work so that when that opportunity comes I’ll be ready,” Vitor Roque said.

When asked to describe himself as a player, the youngster replied: “I am a calm guy, who transforms when he enters the field. I am aggressive, I like to score goals, I like to overcome difficult things and look for challenges so that in time I can play in Europe.”

When quizzed on whom he bases his game, Roque revealed that he has always seen former Real Madrid superstar and the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, Ronaldo, as his inspiration.

“I really like Cristiano, he is an inspiration for his work, he has been an inspiration since I was a child,” he said.

Roque has already been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, with the youngster set to turn 18 in February next year. When asked if his adulation for Ronaldo meant that he prefers Real Madrid over Barça, the forward replied:

“I have no preferences, I like all the great teams in Europe. It is a dream for any boy who plays football in Brazil to be able to make the leap to a big club in Europe.”

“I like both of them, they are two very big clubs, which are always at the top,” he further added.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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