Brillante eyes Real Madrid clash

The versatile youngster has gone from strength to strength since his surprise switch to Italy and now hopes to take on one of the world's biggest clubs
Josh Brillante says his whirlwind start to life at Fiorentina has taken him by surprise as he prepares for a potential assignment against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

After sealing a move to the Stadio Artemio Franchi last month, the 21-year-old has settled into life with Viola remarkably quickly, finding himself involved in first-team games and even scoring the winner in a friendly against Univeristario.

Vincenzo Montella's team has at least one more run-out before their Serie A campaign begins, an enticing meeting with UEFA Champions League holders Madrid in Warsaw this weekend.

If Brillante is involved, it will mark a meteoric rise for the former Newcastle Jets player, who just three months ago was a surprise inclusion in Australia's provisional World Cup training squad.

"I really didn't know what to expect when I first arrived, (but) I could be playing against Real Madrid in a couple of days," he told The Courier-Mail.

"You just never know what happens. So far it's been so good."

It remains to be seen if Brillante can force his way into regular first-team contention, with the Serie A opener away to Roma on August likely to provide at least some indication of where the newcomer sits in Montella's plans.

"These are only pre-season games. The season hasn't started yet.

"The real thing is for me to be playing in the Serie A. That's what I'm working towards now and hopefully I get that opportunity sooner rather than later."