Gabriel Jesus: I could follow in Ronaldo's footsteps to Inter

The Palmeiras star has attracted interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, but he admits the prospect of joining the Italian side is a “fascinating” one

Palmeiras teenager Gabriel Jesus admits it would be a tempting prospect to emulate compatriot Ronaldo in moving to Inter.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a number of major European sides, including Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid, after excelling in Brazil in the past year.

Reports in Italy this week claimed that Inter had stolen a march in the race for the attacker’s signature following a meeting between the player and Milanese agent Giovanni Branchini.

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And while the player says he intends to stay in Brazil for the time being, he feels the idea of following in the footsteps of former striker Ronaldo, who spent five years at Inter, is appealing.

“The idea of playing for Inter fascinates me,” he said, as quoted by Corriere dello Sport. “Great players from my country, like Ronaldo, have worn the Nerazzurri shirt.

“I don’t know what’s in my future and I’m focused on Palmeiras right now. I want to win the championship with them.

“But the prospect of measuring myself in a major league like Serie A is fascinating.”

Gabriel is contracted to Palmeiras until December 2019 and has been urged by his teammate and former Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto to reject Barcelona, Inter and Bayern in order to join Real Madrid.

The original version of this story which was published by goal.com Serie A can be viewed here.

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