Danilo determined to stay at Real Madrid despite serious interest from around Europe

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The Brazil right-back has played back-up to Dani Carvajal during his two seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu but he is determined to fight for his place

Danilo is determined to stay at Real Madrid despite interest from a number of clubs around Europe, Goal has learned.

Madrid signed the Brazil international for €31.5 million from Porto in 2015 but he has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth in his two seasons at the club, and has even been jeered and whistled by some fans over the last 18 months.

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His future at the club was in some doubt during the January transfer window, and in recent months several clubs have explored the possibility of signing him this summer.

Goal understands that Manchester City were among a handful of Premier League sides to have made early enquiries regarding Danilo's availability as they look to bring in two right-backs this summer, though the Brazilian was one of many candidates that the Blues had identified as they sought to finalise their list of targets long before the end of the season.

In any case, City and other clubs who made any kind of enquiry regarding the right-back were informed from the outset that he currently has no intention of leaving the Spanish capital, meaning Madrid will not have received any concrete offers for his services.

The 25-year-old's time at the Santiago Bernabeu has coincided with the emergence of Dani Carvajal, a Madrid academy product who has established himself as one of the best right-backs in world football.

But sources close to Danilo have told Goal that he is determined to fight for his place for one more season as he believes he can break into the first-team picture.

The former Porto man was used only sporadically by Zinedine Zidane throughout the 2016-17 campaign, but played five of the last six league games as the Madrid boss elected to field a 'B' team to help keep several of the club's best players fit for the latter rounds of the Champions League.

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That 'B' team held firm to keep Barcelona at bay and win the league title, Madrid's first since 2012, while the 'A' team clinched the Champions League, their third in four years, by beating Juventus in Cardiff.

Though he played just four minutes of Madrid's last nine Champions League games for which he was available, that run of league games at the end of the season boosted Danilo's confidence and he went into the summer feeling better about his chances of succeeding in Madrid.

The defender feels a valued member of the squad, despite his back-up role and occasional rough treatment from supporters, and believes competing with Carvajal for another season is the best way to continue his development as a footballer.

Madrid's position regarding Danilo's future is as yet unknown, but it is understood president Florentino Perez does not want to make wholesale changes to the squad this summer, with big-name reinforcements up front, such as Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, believed to be the priority.

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