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The 24-year-old believes Real Madrid value him but

he is not sure why he has not been involved in their

opening two games of the season

Denis Cheryshev says that he is not scared by the

prospect of having to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo

for a place in the Real Madrid team.

The 24-year-old remains at the Santiago Bernabeu

after spending last season on loan at Villarreal but

has yet to feature for Los Blancos this term.

While Cheryshev is not sure why coach Rafael

Benitez has refused to play him so far, he believes

he can soon force his way into the first team.

“Benitez hasn't explained to me why he didn't pick

me in the first two games, but I hope he starts

rotating things soon," he told Sport Express.

“The situation is unpleasant, but I will continue to

work hard to catch the train and earn minutes.

“I'm aware that Ronaldo plays in my position, but

that doesn't frighten me.

“I don't fear anyone. He's one of the best players in

the world and I'm trying to learn from what he does

on the pitch.

“I won't copy him, but I'll try to learn a few things

from him. I'll do what I already know, but better. I

won't start doing his tricks because only he can do


“I think Benitez sees me playing in midfield, on the


The Russia international revealed that clubs have

shown an interest in signing him, but that Los

Blancos have no desire to sell him.

“There were clubs that were interested in opening

negotiations, but there were no concrete offers for

me," he added.

“Of course interest existed and there was the

possibility of leaving on loan, but the club were not

willing to part with me and wanted to keep me.

“I have a release clause of €200 million, but you'll

have to ask the club why it's so high.

“Madrid probably don't want me to sign for another

team, but I'm comfortable here and I have my head




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