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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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