Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev says he is ready to knuckle down and fight for his place in the team despite having to compete with the like of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Russian international, who grew up in the youth teams at Los Blancos, has spent the past couple of seasons away from the club. Two years ago he made a temporary switch to Sevilla but injuries restricted his appearances and halted his progress.
He went out on another season-long loan last year to Villarreal where he flourished so much so that new Real boss Rafa Benitez brought him back and plans to use him in the first team squad this campaign.
Speaking to Madrid-based sports daily AS, Cheryshev, who was subject of interest from the likes of Liverpool and Valencia this summer, said he is ready to make the step up. He revealed the club had also buyout inserted a clause in his contract to ward off potential suitors.
“Yes. It was decided by the club. It shows Madrid didn’t want anyone to sign me. There was interest and even a proposed transfer, but Madrid didn’t want to let me go,” he said.
And he added: “I realise Cristiano Ronaldo plays in my position but that doesn’t frighten me. When I get a chance, I’ll try to take it. I’m not afraid of anything.”