Lucas Silva prefers future at Real Madrid, not on loan at Porto

Real Madrid's January signing Lucas Silva says he would prefer to spend next season playing regularly at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, rather than going on loan to Porto for a year.

Silva joined Madrid from Cruzeiro for around €14 million during the most recent transfer window, and has since made seven appearances, three of which have come as a substitute, for Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League.

Some reports have claimed that next season he could follow the route of another young Brazilian Los Blancos midfielder, Casemiro, and spend the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Portuguese club Porto.

Speaking to Globoesporte while on international duty with Brazil's Olympic team, the 22-year-old said his first choice was to stay at Madrid and fight for a regular starting place.

"I was surprised by the news, having heard nothing about it," Silva said "I have a contract with Real Madrid and want to fulfil it. I have had chances and I believe I am ready to be with the team and play."

Pressed as to whether he might benefit from playing regularly for a season at a smaller club, as Casemiro appears to be doing, Silva admitted it might be an option.

"Maybe [a loan to Porto] is a good option," he said. "As I said I have a contract with Madrid, although I want to play games."