July 13, 2017 11:21 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Danilo could shine at Chelsea rather than at Real Madrid

Danilo could shine at Chelsea rather than at Real Madrid

Before the alarm bells start ringing it should be remembered that Danilo has one major disadvantage at Real Madrid. Every display he puts in, is compared to Dani Carvajal's last game.

The jury is still out on Danilo at Real Madrid and the chances are he will be sold before they ever return their verdict.

Good going forward but not yet as good as the great Brazilian attacking full-backs, and good defensively but not as good as the best defensive full-backs in Europe, is the conclusion most supporters have drawn after his two seasons at the club.

Before the alarm bells start ringing it should be remembered that Danilo has one major disadvantage at Real Madrid. Every performance he puts in, is compared to Dani Carvajal's last game, and most No 2s in the world would come out second best to Spain's first choice right-back.

Danilo's (left) time at Real Madrid is coming to a close with Chelsea interested in the defender

Danilo's (left) time at Real Madrid is coming to a close with Chelsea interested in the defender

The Brazilian's two seasons at Real Madrid have been trophy-laden but the jury is still out

The Brazilian's two seasons at Real Madrid have been trophy-laden but the jury is still out

His displays are always compared to fan favourite and first-choice right back Dani Carvajal

His displays are always compared to fan favourite and first-choice right back Dani Carvajal

The Spain international is part of the Real squad on their pre-season tour of America

The Spain international is part of the Real squad on their pre-season tour of America

Carvajal is tough and uncompromising in defence, and purposeful, direct and explosively effective in attack. Danilo is second choice for a reason, but that doesn't mean that playing as a wing-back for Antonio Conte he can grow into a far better player than he has been allowed to become at Madrid behind Carvajal.

Eyebrows were raised when the club signed him in 2014 for £26million. It seemed a lot of money to invest in a position that was well covered by a top international player.

As the expensive signing, Danilo was often picked ahead of local boy Carvajal but the gulf in class between the two was never more evident than during Real Madrid's Champions League run in the 2015-16 season when they were beaten 2-0 away to Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals. Danilo was picked ahead of Carvajal and was destroyed by Julian Draxler as the Germans took an important first leg lead.

Danilo's performance in a 2-0 Champions League quarter-final loss to Wolfsburg was telling

Danilo's performance in a 2-0 Champions League quarter-final loss to Wolfsburg was telling

That display was the last time he was truly selected over a fit Carvajal in a big game at Real

That display was the last time he was truly selected over a fit Carvajal in a big game at Real

In the second leg, which Real Madrid won 3-0, coach Zinedine Zidane made only one change - he dropped Danilo and played Carvajal instead. 

The Spaniard had Draxler in his pocket and crossed for the first goal which Cristiano Ronaldo scored. The statistic were damning - in the first leg Danilo had won back the ball three times, in the second leg Carvajal had done so six times. In the first game Danilo gave the ball away 11 times and never committed a single foul against Wolfsburg's forwards. In the second leg Carvajal had lost possession only seven times and committed four fouls. He was also involved in 91 forward moves while the Brazilian had been part of 69 in the first game. 

Beyond the numbers the Spaniard had simply been better and it was arguably the last time Zidane played Danilo when he had the option of Carvajal in a big game.

Carvajal was selected for the quarter-final second leg as Real overturned the deficit to win 3-0

Carvajal was selected for the quarter-final second leg as Real overturned the deficit to win 3-0

When he got his chance in other matches sometimes he took it and sometimes he didn't. His own goal in the Spanish Cup away to Celta Vigo in January 2017 contributed to Real Madrid being knocked out of the competition. But he improved towards the end of the season and when Real Madrid went to the eventually relegated Sporting Gijon in March with the title still far from won it was Danilo's brilliant cross for Alvaro Morata's back-post header that brought them back into the game at 2-2. His connection with the Spain centre forward could yet remain in-tact if both move to Chelsea this summer.

That was one of the Brazilian's best performances and at just 25 (26 next week) he still has time to fulfil the potential he showed as far back as the Under-20 World Cup in 2011 when he played his part in Brazil running out as champions.

He played in the Under-20 South American Championship the same year and made team of the tournament scoring in the last game of the hexagonal final. It was a sign of what might still be if he fulfils his potential. He has the flair and current Spain coach Julen Lopetegui, who coached him at Porto, speaks of a reluctant defender who had designs on playing in midfield but who gradually embraced the discipline and concentration levels needed at full back.

The raw materials are there. With slightly less defensive responsibility and Conte to tease the best out of him Chelsea might be the place where he can shine. It will certainly be a brighter place for him to play his football than in the shadow of Carvajal at Madrid. 

Danilo will remain in Carvajal's shadow at Real - with the latter better in attack and defence
Carvajal celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo during their Champions League final win over Juventus last month

Danilo will remain in Carvajal's shadow at Real - with the latter better in attack and defence

However, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte may be able to tease the best out of the 25-year-old

However, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte may be able to tease the best out of the 25-year-old

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