Carlos Henrique Casemiro chatted to Revista Libero about how his career has gone from strength to strength at Real Madrid and also about his team mates. The midfielder was particularly enthusiastic about one of the younger players who has been breaking through in Zidane’s team – Fede Valverde. “He’s having an incredible season, he’s one of the best players in his position in the world and he keeps getting better with every game he plays. In two years from now, he will be one of the best number 8’s in the world,” Casemiro enthused. “And on top of being a great player, he’s very relaxed. For me, a number 8 could be Kroos or Modric too. They are the ones who control the game and supply passes to the forwards – but Valverde needs to remember that he has to drop back to help out in defence as well”.
Casemiro: ” Zidane was my idol”
His big idol however, “was Zidane” although has learned bits and piece from many other players in his position: “I like watching other midfielders; I used to enjoy watching Makélélé, for example. Redondo wrote history with Madrid – there have always been great players in that role”.
Casemiro says he will never forget his early days in Spain and the generation of players who he got to know when he joined Real Madrid Castilla: “It was an honour and a pleasure to come through the youth categories. You get to understand the structure of the club and also the fans. Jesé was the big star in that team along with players like Lucas Vázquez, Morata, Nacho, Cheryshev… it was great because you get to learn things that few people know. I feel like I am a graduate of the youth system”.