Wendell: Madrid interest motivates me

Wendell admits the interest of Real Madrid is motivating him to increase his level of performance with Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

The Brazilian left-back’s impressive form this season for Roger Schmidt’s side has seen interest from Los Blancos in recent weeks and the 22-year-old concedes that it’s a dream to play for the La Liga giants.

“I’m very happy about Madrid’s interest, but I can’t forget that I’m not there yet,” Wendell told Madrid-based paper AS.

“I’m still at Bayer Leverkusen, so it gives me stimulus to play even better and means their interest doesn’t only continue but increases and, hopefully, leads to them signing me.

“For any player, regardless of their nationality, playing for Real Madrid is a dream. I would walk to Spain to play for Real Madrid.”

A move to Madrid would see Wendell link up with his compatriot and role-model Marcelo, who he believes is the best player in his position.

“Marcelo is an idol and a reference for me; Roberto Carlos is a legend and myth. It would be a wonderful challenge to continue the tradition of great Brazilian players at a club with so much history. I’d love to, really.

“I don’t know Marcelo, but I’d be honoured to be his understudy and learn from that,” he added.

“For me, he’s been the best left-back in the world for years. People talk about Alaba, but for me there’s no comparison. Marcelo is a reference for anyone.”