The 18-year-old joined BVB in August on a two-year loan until June 2022, just six months after joining Real Madrid from Flamengo.

Playing with Reus is very special for Reinier

Borussia Dortmund youngster Reinier says that being able to play alongside Marco Reus is “very special,” having grown up watching Germany international in action for the Bundesliga side on TV. The 18-year-old joined BVB in August on a two-year loan until June 2022, just six months after joining Real Madrid from Flamengo. The teenager has been unable to make his way to Real Madrid’s senior squad since his winter transfer despite having scored twice in three outings for Castilla’s reserve team, so he hopes his move to Germany will give him some valuable first-team experience. Reinier says he tuned in regularly for games in Dortmund while growing up in Brazil, with Reus starring alongside the likes Aubameyang and Lewandowski. They have since moved on from Dortmund, of course, but Reinier is thrilled to be able to wear a black and yellow jersey with Reus.

Aubameyang, Reus, and Lewandowski were always influential for the Brazilian

“When I was younger, I watched a lot of Borussia’s games in Brazil,” he told reporters. “I was impressed with their quick play, how they switched to play. With Reus or Aubameyang and Lewandowski, it was always influential. That’s why I’m especially happy that I’m still on the road with Reus. That is something special for me”. The midfielder also revealed that Dortmund were among those who were keen on signing him from Flamengo earlier this year. So he hopes to repay the faith in him now that he belatedly made a move to Westfalenstadion. “BVB were already interested when I was still in Brazil,” he added. “It made me very happy at the time because BVB is very much appreciated by many in Brazil. It didn’t work out then, so I joined Real Madrid. But when they asked about me again, I didn’t have to think twice.

“BVB is a great opportunity for me; it’s a big project and the right choice”. Reinier made his debut for the Dortmund team on September 15, coming on as a substitute in the German Cup match at Duisburg.