Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal Says He 'Would Love to Play in the Premier League'

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 29: Dani Carvajal of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on September 29, 2018 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has revealed his ambition of playing in England before the end of his career. 

Carvajal came through the ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu but indicated he would regret not moving to the Premier League before he retires.

He was asked what objectives he had for his career and told Libero magazine (h/t the Mirror's Mark Jones): "I would love to play in the Premier League. It's an experience I'd like to have, and I do not want to end up with that thorn."

The 26-year-old has spent his entire senior career with Madrid save for the 2012-13 season.

Carvajal moved to Bayer Leverkusen in search of first-team opportunities and was impressive, prompting Los Blancos to activate his buyback clause.

He has been a regular ever since, making over 200 appearances, and he has established himself not only as a key player but also as one of the best right-backs in the world.

During his time with Madrid he's helped them win La Liga once and the UEFA Champions League on four occasions, though he was forced off injured in the 2016 and 2018 finals against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, respectively.

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An exemplary modern full-back, Carvajal is strong at both ends of the pitch, and his superb delivery has seen him rewarded with 33 assists for Real.

He's just as robust defensively, as he recently showcased in Real's 0-0 draw with Atletico, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:

In the summer, Carvajal featured at the FIFA World Cup for the first time with Spain, having recovered from the injury he suffered against Liverpool.

In La Roja's 1-0 win over Iran he showcased the kind of performance he's capable of, per football analyst Dave O'Brien:

Given his status as perhaps the best in his position in the world, his comments may well raise some eyebrows among the Premier League's elite.

He'd be an excellent capture for virtually any side in world football, and he's still in his prime, too, so it's likely they'd jump at the chance to snap him up if he becomes available.

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