At just 20 years of age, Brazilian International and Castilla midfielder Casemiro looks to have a big future ahead of him.
The recently transferred Sao Paulo will play out the rest of the season in Real Madrid's B side Castilla on a loan deal. Although, if Casemiro has anything to say about that, it won't be for long after the holding midfielder announced he has his sights set on playing for Real Madrid's first team.
The loan deal brings Casemiro to Spain for the remainder of the season with an option being granted to make the deal permanent. Speaking in a press conference about his recent move (via Goal.com), Casemiro explained why he chose Castilla over offers from various first teams, suggesting he has a longer term view of the situation at hand:
"I'm going to play in the first team of Real Madrid,"
In addition to this, Casemiro's representative added:
Casemiro is not a player suited for a reserve team.
For us, the aim is not for him to play in the B team, but he will make the necessary adaptations playing for Castilla and then go to the first team.
A product of the Sao Paulo youth academy, the 20-year-old has already won his fair share of silverware, captaining the Brazilian U-20s side to the U-20 FIFA World Cup and South American Youth Championships.
Whilst he proves to be very versatile in midfield—he can serve both as an offensive or defensive midfielder—it is his leadership ability on the pitch which could very well hold him in good stead during his time at Madrid.
With Madrid's La Liga campaign effectively over—at the hands of Barcelona—I wouldn't be surprised to see Casemiro have a chance to push his case for first team selection towards the latter end of this season.
During his time at Sao Paulo, Casemiro appeared 108 times, netting on 11 occasions. Not bad going for a 20-year-old. Watch this space.