Emnes keen to play with Middlesbrough striker Alves

Marvin Emnes is excited about playing with Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves.

Former Sparta Rotterdam winger Emnes knows all about Alves after the Brazilian's successful time with Heerenveen.

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Emnes said: "He is a big player and I believe I can learn a lot from him.

"To be able to play next to a player like that can only improve me.

"Since I was a young boy, I have always dreamt about playing in a foreign competition like the English one or the Spanish or the Italian.

"The more I got to know the English competition, the more I got interested in it.

"The most important thing for me this season is to get to a level and be able to compete with any other player, to play a lot of games and play as many minutes as I possibly can."

Emnes is expected to be used as a right-sided winger by manager Gareth Southgate, although he can also play on the left or through the middle and cites Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo as a role model.

He said: "I love Cristiano Ronaldo, just for the way he plays and also because he plays in the same position I do. He is an explosive player."

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