At a big club like Real Madrid, many young players find it hard to push the more experienced stars out of the line-up.
Casemiro's case is no different. The young Brazilian arrived last season on-loan from Sao Paulo, but played most of the season with Real Madrid's 'Castilla' team. Mourinho then decided to promote him to the first-team, but the 21-year-old has found it tough to establish himself in the starting-11.
But an opportunity has presented itself in the form of Sami Khedira's injury. The German midfielder is expected to be out for about six months, giving Casemiro the perfect chance to show Ancelotti what he has to offer.
Madrid's midfield options have dwindled, but should Casemiro seize the opportunity, Madrid will miss Khedira much less than first feared. Casemiro has similar characteristics to that of Khedira, so Ancelotti will need to trust the player and gradually integrate him into the starting-11.
Chances like this rarely present themselves to a young player at a club of Madrid's calibre. But Casemiro has passion and the drive to work for his spot, and stays after training to get extra practice.
All his hard work will surely pay off but he needs to maintain his concentration if Ancelotti decides to give him his big chance.
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