Real Madrid Still under contract with Los Blancos
After a rather turbulent spell since joining Real Madrid, Lucas Silva isn’t clear on his immediate future after finally returning to football.
However, with Zinedine Zidane having been desperate for midfield reinforcements, the Brazilian has offered his services to the club who owns his registration in an exclusive interview with MARCA.
Why don’t you have a team yet?
The truth is that I have a team, and it’s Real Madrid. There were some offers, but most have been just enquiries or speculation. I’m living in a difficult moment because it’s the last year of my contract, for both me and the club we’re doing things right. My brother, who helps me in these affairs, is here in Madrid and is in constant conversation to solve this situation in the best possible way. There are some days left before the transfer window closes and we want to find an agreement that is good for both parties. I’m getting ready, the season has already begun and I want to be ready to play, wherever that may be.
Where would you like to play in Spain?
I just want to play. Right now, it’s hard to say where. Spain is one of the possibilities and a league in which I feel ready to play in now. LaLiga is one of the most important competitions in the world, it’s very competitive and has a high level. I have more experience and maturity than before, I was able to play at a great level in recent years and I believe today I have the ability to play for any team in the world. My intention is to stay in Europe.”
Are you disappointed that you can’t train at Valdebebas?
No, I have a contract with Real Madrid for another year. I have been in Madrid for a few days but, for bureaucratic reasons I’m not training with the club. I am training every day with a physician so as to not lose my fitness.
You train in a gym, but would you be ready to play tomorrow?
I had been training and playing normally at Cruzeiro until the end of the loan. Shortly after, when I came to Madrid, I continued training, many times two sessions a day. I see myself having a high fitness level and a good technical level. I’m ready to play. What I want most is to go out onto the pitch, I’m ready for that. I think this will be overcome and we will solve this situation in the best way with Real Madrid.
You played nine official matches with Real Madrid. How difficult is it to play in this team?
Real Madrid is a club where there are always high-level players, many of the best in the world. I had difficulties at the start, perhaps because I was very young and I didn’t have a regular place in the team. I needed to adapt better, today I’m much more prepared. I played few games in Madrid but, when I did play, I feel I did well. When I started, I didn’t think I did anything wrong. Other matters have made my situation difficult. I arrived in Spain when I was just 21 years old, I had already won two Brazilian leagues with Cruzeiro, I was voted the best midfielder and called into Brazil’s younger teams.
Real Madrid only have four midfielders, do you still think Zidane will call you?
It’s not something I’m even thinking about, because of the content of the conversations I’ve had with the club. What you can say is that I have a contract that is ending, but if you would like to count on me, then I’m available. If not, my love for Madrid will always be very strong and I will continue on my own path.