De Silva's dream to star in Spain

One of the hottest properties in Australian football - Perth Glory's precocious forward Daniel De Silva - wants to rub shoulders with Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

The ultimate goal of Daniel De Silva is to play in La Liga, but for now the prodigious Young Socceroo is happy to learn his trade with Perth Glory.

Already highly rated by those in the know, De Silva has found himself thrust into the mainstream spotlight following his breakout performances for Australia at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey last month.

The ambitious 16-year-old has his sights set on matching it with the likes of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi in La Liga - but if that doesn't work out, he'll settle for the humble English Premier League.

"My ultimate goal is to the play in the Spanish Premier League (La Liga)," De Silva told reporters in Perth on Friday.

"Obviously I'd take the EPL, that's a great thing as well. But I've just got to see what comes. I've got a long way to go, many doors could still be opened. We'll just see what happens really.

"I'm still young, I'm still happy to live in Perth, I'm still happy to play for the Glory. I'm in no rush to go anywhere really. I'm happy to play the two seasons here with Glory and then see what happens when I'm 18."

De Silva looked to have already sealed a move to the glitz and glamour of the European elite when he agreed terms with Premier League side Everton, only for the move to fall through due to visa complications.

Despite the disappointment of that transfer collapsing, De Silva insisted he is more than happy to continue his development at nib Stadium.

"Obviously Everton's been in touch, I was just unlucky ... with the visa (problems)," he said.

"But I'm really happy now with Glory, it's a great bunch of players, a great bunch of lads. And playing first-team football, you can't ask for much more than that. Having a full, proper season with Glory, I think it should benefit me a lot."

When asked what his targets are for the 2013-14 campaign, De Silva said: "Just to have a good season for Glory, work hard, do my best, hopefully score a few goals for the Glory ... and play well for the team.

"Obviously I want to play every week but you've got to train hard, that's what I really want to work on - train hard, break into the first team and be able to start for them even. It's obviously up to the coach and how I perform."

There will be a familiar face linking up with De Silva in Perth next term, after Glory captured the signature of his fellow Young Socceroo Jamie Maclaren.

Maclaren, 19, left Blackburn Rovers in the close season after four years at Ewood Park, and De Silva is predicting big things from the dynamic young duo in the forthcoming A-League campaign.

"You can expect anything, really," he said, when asked what the pair were capable of producing together.

"I think we link up good together. He's definitely deadly in front of the goal. I think he scores a lot of goals. So, he's one of those players. I think he'll have a good impact in the A-League. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do on the field.

"He's a great lad ... as well.

"He's probably one of my better mates in the (Young Socceroos) team as well. I'm looking forward to working with him - it should be good."

If De Silva is to realise his dream of one day strutting his stuff in Spain or England, he will have to impress for Perth first, and Glory fans will surely be salivating at the prospect.

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