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Sporting Lisbon’s promising right-back Cédric Soares could move to a Premier League or Bundesliga club this summer. According to various sources, the 21-year-old is being monitored by several clubs in both leagues who have been impressed with his performances this season.

Reports in Germany suggest that Borussia Dortmund, Hannover, Dusseldorf and Borussia Monchengladbach are interested in him. Cédric expressed his delight at the possibility of playing in the Bundesliga in an interview with football website Goal.com in March 2013.

“Four Bundesliga clubs expressed their interest in a transfer last summer. Of course, it would be awesome if it works out [this year].”

“Now it’s time for the next step. The Bundesliga is at the same level as the Premier League, and I can keep up,” he added

“I must still improve in the offensive game. I need to push the ball forward more,” he continued. “At the moment, Sporting are not very good financially, [and] I hope that the move finally happens this summer.”

The interview caused some controversy in Portugal, forcing him to downplay the comments. But Sporting’s financial situation is well-known and the sense is that Miguel Lopes’ arrival will allow the club to cash in on him.

Cédric has also been linked to Norwich and Everton. It is believed that Everton manager David Moyes sees him as an eventual replacement for the ageing Tony Hibbert.

Cédric was born in Gelsenkirchen, in the Ruhr region of Germany, but has represented Portugal at every junior level from U17 to U21. He joined Sporting Lisbon’s prestigious academy when he was only 7 years old.

In 2011, Cédric was a major part of Portugal’s run to the finals at the U20 World Cup in Colombia, where Portugal lost to Brazil in extra time. The following season, he was loaned out to Académica where he excelled.

Cédric began this campaign as Sporting’s first-choice right-back. In January, Sporting’s manager Jesualdo Ferreira acquired Portugal international Miguel Lopes which temporarily relegated young Cédric to the bench. A recent injury to Lopes has meant that Cédric is back playing full-time for Sporting.

Cédric is known for his attacking instincts and skill, though the defensive side of his game has been criticized by fans and the media at times this season. Though, this is a common problem with many young offensively gifted full-backs.

In December 2012, he scored a brilliant long-range goal in a league match against Nacional. Most recently, on Monday against Sporting Braga, Cédric delivered a perfect pass down the right side to Andre Martins who crossed the ball into the box for an on-coming Ricky van Wolfswinkel for the opening goal.

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