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William Carvalho has played a central role in Sporting Lisbon’s early season resurgence. The 21-year old has earned accolades because of his calm demeanour and strength in possession.

Carvalho has played in defensive midfield this season, supporting the back line as well as providing cover for Adrien Silva and Andre Martins to go forward and create opportunities. His excellent displays in pre-season earned him a starting role over Argentine Fito Rinaudo and many predict even greater things for him in the future.

A product of Sporting’s distinguished academy, Carvalho spent the previous camapign on loan in Belgium with Cercle Brugge. His manager at the club Foeke Booy has said that he could evolve into ‘a powerful box-to-box’ midfielder.

Former Sporting interim manager José Couceiro gave Carvalho his first invite to the senior club in 2011 and believes that he could be an option for Portugal as early as the next World Cup

“I think that William will be an option for the Mundial and it is always important for the Seleção to have options. Of course it is up to the manager to select the player or not, but he has already shown a tremendous amount of growth as a player. He has the character and attitude to continue to develop,” he said in a recent interview with A Bola.

In August, the young midfielder was included in Paulo Bento’s pre-squad ahead of a World Cup qualifying match against Northern Ireland and an international friendly against Brazil. Although he was left off the final squad, many believe that Carvalho has a very bright future with the Seleção.

Portugal has been without a ‘true’ defensive mdfielder for several years now. Paulo Bento has used former Sporting captain Miguel Veloso in the role since 2011 and he has performed it well, although the team has shown some defensive weaknesses during qualifying.

Carvalho signed an extension with Sporting in the summer that will see him under contract until June of 2018. The contract includes a release clause of €45million. He is represented by Pini Zahari.

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