Real Madrid winger, Denis Cheryshev, insists he is not frightened of challenging Cristiano Ronaldo for a spot in the starting line-up.
The 24-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at Sevilla and then Villarreal, but he was reportedly now allowed to leave the club during the transfer window.
He is currently playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo on the left wing, however the Russian international he is ready to fight for spot.
"It was decided by the club (that he would not leave). It shows Madrid didn’t want anyone to sign me,” he told Sport Express.
"There was interest [over the summer] and even a proposed transfer, but Madrid didn’t want to let me go.
"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."
Cheryshev was disappointed not to be included in Rafael Benitez's squad for the game against Real Betis.
"Still, a footballer has to keep working hard to earn a call-up and some playing time. You can't relax, because if you do, you definitely won't get a call-up." he added.
According to Marca, Cheryshev told reporters in Russia that his release clause stands at a staggering €200 million.
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