Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Brazil U23 midfielder Reinier on a two-season loan deal from Real Madrid. - © imago images / Marca
Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Brazil U23 midfielder Reinier on a two-season loan deal from Real Madrid. - © imago images / Marca
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Reinier Jesus joins Borussia Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Brazil U23 midfielder Reinier on two-season loan deal from Real Madrid.

Reinier - full name Reinier Jesus Carvalho - is an 18-year-old attacking midfielder who joined Real Madrid in January after catching their eye with impressive performances for Flamengo and the Brazil U17s. He scored six in 14 for the former and five in 10 for the latter before swapping Rio de Janeiro for the Spanish capital.

With first-team opportunities at a premium with Zinedine Zidane's record European champions, Reinier has thus far turned out for their reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla, scoring twice in three games before the coronavirus-enforced break in play. The youngster looks set to hit the ground running at the Signal Iduna Park.

"Reinier's a player who brings enormous talent and can be used in various positions in attack," explains BVB sporting director Michael Zorc. "We've been watching the boy for more than two years. He has great technical skills and is physically robust."

Reinier could make his BVB debut as soon as Friday 28 August when his new side take on Paderborn in their final pre-season friendly. Primarily a central player, the Brazilian will compete with Julian Brandt and Gio Reyna for the right to replace injured club captain Marco Reus behind the focal point of their attack, Erling Haaland.

"I'm happy to be with BVB now," Reinier said. "The club is known for backing young players and making them better. I want to learn a lot here, play a lot and help the team to be successful. I hope that we'll have many happy moments together."

Reinier will become the 11th Brazilian to turn out for Die Schwarzgelben. Six of his predecessors - Antonio da Silva, Dede, Marcio Amoroso, Evanilson, Ewerthon and Julio Cesar - went on to lift the Bundesliga Meisterschale after joining the club.