Real Madrid coaches rate Borja Mayoral very highly, so it came as no surprise when the Spanish giants negotiated a loan move - rather than a permanent transfer - for the teenage striker this week.
The 19-year-old has joined Wolfsburg on loan and told reporters that he wants to emulate his idol, Karim Benzema, at the Volkswagen Arena.
However, it was another Los Blancos star who congratulated the talented teenager on his move to the Bundesliga: none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The 31-year-old has been a little busy recently - no doubt he’s still riding the crest of a wave after winning Euro 2016 with Portugal earlier this month - but he still found the time to spare a few words for his young teammate.
Mayoral has signed an initial one-year loan deal with Wolfsburg, with an option to extend his stay for a further campaign if it suits all parties.
Mayoral reveals what Ronaldo told him
"Cristiano was first to hear about Wolfsburg,” the striker was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca. “He said it was great and was very happy for me.
Mayoral happy with Wolfsburg move
“He sees the transfer as a good step for my growth,” Mayoral added, per Goal.
"I'm happy to be here as Wolfsburg is a family club and I find myself at ease already.
"My obligation is to score goals but also to take responsibility and give everything for this shirt.
"I had offers from LaLiga but I liked what I saw from Wolfsburg in the Champions League last year. Wolfsburg is the best choice for this season."
He should look to Morata for inspiration
Mayoral, who scored goals for fun in Real Madrid’s youth ranks prior to his promotion to the first team last summer, will be acutely aware that he’ll need to take this opportunity with both hands in order to have any chance of making it at the Bernabeu.
Rather than Benzema, he should perhaps look to Alvaro Morata for inspiration.
The Spanish striker left the 11-time European champions in 2014 but was re-signed this summer following two decent seasons with Juventus.
Morata, however, could be sold again before he makes another appearance for Real Madrid.
Several top clubs, including Chelsea, are keen to sign the 23-year-old ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.
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