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On-loan Borussia Dortmund youngster Reinier says having the opportunity to play alongside Marco Reus is “very special” having grown up watching the Germany international in action for Bundesliga giants on TV.
The teenager failed to break into Real's senior squad following his winter transfer, despite scoring twice in three outings for reserve side Castilla, so hopes his move to Germany will enable him to gain some valuable first-team experience.
Reinier says he regularly tuned into Dortmund games while growing up in Brazil, with Reus starring alongside the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski.
Aubameyang and Lewandowski have since moved on from the club of course, but Reinier is excited at the opportunity to wearthe black and yellow shirt alongside Reus.
"When I was younger, I watched a lot of Borussia games in Brazil,” he told Ruhr Nachrichten.
“I was impressed by their fast game, how they switched play. With Reus or Aubameyang and Lewandowski it was always powerful.
"That's why I'm particularly happy that I'm still on the pitch with Reus. That is something very special for me."
The midfielder also revealed Dortmund were among those who were keen on signing him from Flamengo at the start of the year, so hopes to repay their faith in him now that he has belatedly made the move to Westfalenstadion.
"Dortmund werealready interested when I was still in Brazil,” he added.
“That made me very happy at the time, because BVB is very much appreciated by many in Brazil. It didn't work out then, so I then joined Real Madrid.
“But when they enquired about me again, I didn't have to think twice.
“Dortmund is a great opportunity for me, it's a big project and definitely the right choice.”