By Maximilian Bensinger
Twente defender Douglas has revealed his dream to play alongside Inter defender Lucio at some point in the future, while admitting that Real Madrid are his favourite club.
The Brazil-born centre-back has developed into one of the best defenders in the Eredivisie in recent years, and feels that he is ready to make the step up at the end of the 2011-12 campaign, although he realises that the Santiago Bernabeu is still far away.
"I have a dream to play for Real Madrid one day. But I know that for me to get there I have to improve a lot and make some steps forward," Douglas said to Goal.com.
"I would also love to play alongside Inter defender Lucio at some point. La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League are all very competitive and I hope to be able to play in one of these leagues in the future."
The 24-year-old has an expiring contract at Twente, but the Enschede side are widely expected to exercise their option to extend Douglas' stay at the club for another year.
Nevertheless, the defender is ready to move on this summer if a good offer comes in.
"I have been playing for Twente for almost five years now and I don’t think I could play for another club in Netherlands. However, I think I am ready to go to a different league. We could discuss it if an offer comes in that's good for Twente this summer.
"I am very happy to hear that a number of clubs are interested in me. However, I have not had any contact with any clubs yet. Once an official proposal arrives, I will talk about it with Twente and see what is best."
Twente lock horns with Schalke on Thursday in the Europa League round of 16, and Douglas is eagerly anticipating the match against the Bundesliga side.
"Schalke are one of the great teams in Germany. They have a great attacker with players like [Jefferson] Farfan, [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar and Raul and I'm sure it will be a tough game for our defence.
"We are well prepared for this game though and hopefully we start the match like we did against PSV on Sunday, where in the first half we played a perfect game."
Douglas is likely to mark Huntelaar on Thursday, and although he is full of respect for the Netherlands international, he is hopeful of keeping the striker quiet.
"He is a very good player, perhaps one of the best strikers in the world. It is not easy to mark a player like him, because he will score once he gets a good chance. Therefore, we have to mark him tight and not allow him any chances."