Fernando keen on Napoli switch

The 21-year-old is hoping to make the move to Europe in order to improve himself as a player and emulate successful compatriots
Gremio midfielder Fernando has revealed he is in advanced transfer talks with Napoli and admitted that he would love to move to the San Paolo.

The Brazilian has made inroads into the national team of late and is intent on moving to Europe to further his career and work with new Partenopei boss Rafa Benitez.

"There are well established negotiations with the club," the 21-year-old told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Playing at the San Paolo would be a great honor. It was the stage of [Diego] Maradona and Careca, champions who have written the history of football.

"It would be the right solution for my career, a prestigious club who will participate in the Champions League next year. They want to win. Just like me.

"I hope that the agreement will be found quickly. My intention is to move to Italy because Benitez is a top-level coach who has confirmed with me the desire to improve at Napoli.

"He is a leader, a coach who knows how to win titles and cups."

Fernando went on to admit that he is eager to emulate compatriots Hernanes and Luiz Gustavo, who have both forged careers for themselves in Europe.

"I spoke with him on international duty. He is a player that I admire. He told me that the Italian league is a prestigious one. I think I would adapt well to the ideas of Benitez.

"I dream of repeating the path of Luiz Gustavo, who has won everything with Bayern Munich."