William Carvalho has been awarded the newcomer of the year award by Sporting Lisbon after his breakthrough season in Portugal.
The 21-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United after David Moyes repeatedly sent scouts over to watch him in action and although he has a €45 million release clause, interest is certainly building in him from United.
In Portugal’s crucial World Cup play-off against Sweden, Carvalho made his debut for the national side alongside Ronaldo as his progress continued this season, someone who he admits gave him advice on his future.
“Ronaldo gave me advice,” he said.
“He was really helpful and humble. It’s a dream to share a dressing room with him.”
Ronaldo himself made the move from Sporting Lisbon himself back in 2003 and Moyes needs to bring in some midfield reinforcement to improve the squad, so Carvalho could well move to Old Trafford.
He also spoke to Sporting Lisbon’s official magazine this week and admitted that he had ambitions to move to a big European club in the future.
“I’m sure I’ll continue to develop as a footballer if I keep up the hard work,” he said.
“I’ll never leave for an European club unless I know I’m good enough. At the moment I feel good at SCP. It’s here I want to be.
“Every footballer have the desire of playing at the best possible level. So do I.
“I’ve always dreamed of representing Sporting and I’ll never play for a different Portuguese club.”
Although his release clause is €45 million, Carvalho would likely leave Sporting Lisbon for less than that should a big European club come in with an offer and given how much United need another midfielder in the squad, Old Trafford could well be where he moves to.