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Forgotten Real Madrid defender wants to stay at the club

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Jesus Vallejo left Real Madrid to join Granada on loan one year ago after it became clear that he had no place in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

It marked the beginning of the defender’s third stint with Granada, and it was glaringly clear that a future at Madrid was complicated.

One year later, the 27-year-old has returned from his loan stint, and it is safe to say that it was not a successful one.

Over the course of the year, Vallejo accumulated just one start in La Liga and played a total of just over 100 minutes in the competition due to fitness and other issues.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Real Madrid are ready to sell the player this summer, but it now appears that the process will not be as simple.

Vallejo’s vacillation

According to a recent update from The Athletic, Vallejo does not contemplate a departure from Real Madrid at this point in time. He wishes to stay and fight for a place, especially given the club’s situation.

Vallejo wants to stay. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

It is no secret that Los Blancos are actively looking for a new centre-back option to fill the shoes of Nacho Fernandez and secure the team’s long-term future. Vallejo sees it to be an opportunity to stake a claim for a place once more.

Real Madrid, however, have no two ways about it and want him to leave this summer.

The contractual situation

Vallejo joined Real Madrid back in 2015 after a special season with Real Zaragoza but has never really got going at the Spanish capital.

His current contract with the Spanish giants runs until the summer of 2025, leaving the administration in a tricky position. After all, this is now the final summer window where they can generate revenue from his departure.

Vallejo may not attract a lavish price tag given his lack of playing time in recent years, but any return is better than losing the player on a free transfer.

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Former Real Madrid defender breaks silence on possible return rumours

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Real Madrid’s left-back situation this summer is filled with intrigue. The futures of Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia are uncertain, while long-time target Alphonso Davies has yet to be signed.

Amidst this uncertainty, Miguel Gutierrez has emerged as a potential candidate for Real Madrid, with the Castilla graduate impressing during his time at Girona.

Gutierrez opens up about potential homecoming

The 22-year-old left-back departed Real Madrid for Girona in the summer of 2022 for a modest fee of €4 million.

However, as is customary practice with many young academy graduates departing the club, Madrid astutely negotiated a 50% sell-on clause in his Girona contract.

The Merengues also integrated a cost-effective buyback option of just €8 million, making his potential return to the club this summer a stark possibility.

Gutierrez has done well at Girona. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Touching upon the possibility of a return, Gutierrez acknowledged Real Madrid’s buyback option, expressing his lifelong support for the club. However, he emphasized focusing on the present, particularly the upcoming Olympic Games.

“It is true that Real Madrid have a buyback option that depends on them, but I have always been a Real Madrid fan, and it is a pleasure for me to have my name appear there,” he told EFE Deportes.

“But this is something that must be left aside and focused on what matters now, which is the Olympic Games.”

As an underlapping full-back with tremendous qualities in possession, Gutierrez has the potential to offer something different compared to the likes of Mendy and Garcia.

However, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid can get their hands on Davies, as his arrival would likely imperil the Spaniard’s chances of joining.

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