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The young Mexico international is working hard with the World Cup on his mind, despite sitting on the bench.

Former America center back Diego Reyes hasn’t had the perfect start to life in Portugal as he would’ve wished, failing to even make the bench in Porto’s first two games of the season.

But the 20-year-old Mexico international is keeping his head up and waiting patiently for his opportunity.

“I have to have a positive, winning mentality to overcome the adversities,” Reyes told Uno Sports. “The truth is I’m working to the maximum. In Mexico I did well, but here I have to work three times harder.”

Reyes stressed he is happy with the treatment he has received at his new club, but highlighted the fierce competition for places.

“It is difficult to adjust, the competition is very tough, at a very high level, but I’m good, prepared for it and I know that I’ll grow as a person and a player in Portugal,” added Reyes.

One of the major worries for Reyes – who is challenging for a starting spot with the Mexican national team – must be that lack of minutes for his club will hamper his chances of appearing in the World Cup next summer, although he is in the squad for September’s qualifiers against Honduras and the United States.

“(The World Cup) is what we all dream about, what all Mexico wants,” said Reyes. “For us players too it is very important, it’s a dream turned into reality, it is football’s maximum competition.”

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