23-year-old Lucas Silva could retire from soccer after a medical examination discovered a heart defect.
The Real Madrid midfielder was set for a loan move to Portuguese giants FC Porto when his entrance medical discovered the problem, according to multiple reports in Spain and Portugal.
There has not been an official retirement announcement from either club or player, but the player’s Instagram bio reads to a Bible verse, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Lucas played last season with Olympique Marseille on loan, beginning the season in the starting lineup, but struggled to impress and lost his place in the first team. Despite his spotty performances, Marseille reportedly attempted to secure him on a permanent basis, but talks broke down and he returned to Real Madrid.
Silva signed a 5-1/2 year deal with Real Madrid in the summer of 2015 after a transfer from Brazilian side Cruzeiro, where he was developed as a youth player.
The transfer window is a time when many teams are looking for reinforcements to try and turn around the second half of their seasons.
Real Madrid is not one of those teams, as they currently sit atop La Liga and have been nearly unbeatable all season long.
So what did they do? Went out and signed two of the most prized players on the market.
Earlier this week, Real signed 16-year-old Norwegian wonder-kid Martin Odegaard, and today they have agreed on a deal for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva.
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Silva comes from Brazilian side Cruzeiro, a club he has helped capture the league title each of the past two seasons. He was also named the league’s best defensive midfielder in 2014.
At 21-years-old, Silva will cost Real a reported transfer fee of about $16 million as the playmaker will sign a contract to keep him at the Bernabeu until 2020.
The midfielder has drawn comparisons to Xabi Alonso, known for his smarts defensively while also possessing great vision on the pitch.
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Asier Illarramendi was brought to Real over the summer to replace Xabi Alonso, but has failed to maintain a starting role for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Illarramendi, who cost the club over $30 million, now faces more competition in an already loaded lineup.
Rumors have been swirling that Silva’s arrival will mark the end of Illarramendi’s short run at Real, but his manager said the club has no plans to move the defensive midfielder in the January transfer window.
If a player gets the nickname of the ‘new Kaka,’ then they’re probably going to attract the attention of some big name clubs.
For Lucas Silva, he’s doing exactly that.
The 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder currently plays for Cruzeiro in Brazil’s top-flight. Although he was not featured in Brazil’s World Cup squad this summer, he has already helped lead his club to a league title in 2013.
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Early reports pinned Silva with a January move to Real Madrid, where he could fill the role of Sami Khedira, who is likely to move away from the Bernabeu during the transfer window.
Now it looks like Jose Mourinho and Chelsea may be swooping in on the young Brazilian midfielder. Reports out of Spain are saying Mourinho is keen on bringing Silva to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea have become the top contender to sign Silva after swooping in on Madrid’s move.
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Although he hasn’t played outside of Brazil’s domestic league, Silva has already caught the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the world. Playing in a central role, Silva controls the tempo of the midfield while spraying the ball around the pitch, often drawing comparisons to Xabi Alonso and, of course, Kaka.
It will be interesting to see when and where the ‘new Kaka’ will land in Europe. If Chelsea do end up the landing spot for Silva and the young midfielder fulfills his potential, I’m sure Jose Mourinho will give himself a nice pat on the back.