Speaking in a chat with El Larguero, veteran Spanish striker Fernando Llorente has claimed that he has always wanted to play for Real Madrid and would jump at the chance in a heartbeat if they approached him.
The 37-year-old is currently without a club since leaving Eibar at the end of the season. A vastly experienced footballer, Llorente has played for teams like Athletic Club, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Sevilla and Napoli.
However, the former Spanish international has now admitted that the one club he wished to play for is Real Madrid. He also revealed that he was never close to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
But he did admit that a transfer could have been possible in 2013 when his contract at Athletic had expired, but Juventus acted swiftly to sign him up.
“I would have liked to wear white. Real Madrid are incredible what they are doing in the Champions League and what we experienced last season,” Llorente said.
“I was never close to Real Madrid. Whenever they wanted me, they didn’t pay the clause and then Juventus was faster,” he added.
Llorente, who is still on the lookout for a new club this season, also added that he would jump at the chance to join for Real Madrid if an opportunity presented itself.
“I would go to Real Madrid for free tomorrow,” the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner exclaimed.
Los Blancos have a lack of depth in the striking department behind captain Karim Benzema as Mariano Diaz is no longer favoured by manager Carlo Ancelotti. However, Rodrygo Goes has thrived playing centrally in recent matches when Real Madrid have been without Benzema.
They are expected to sign a new striker next year or possibly in 2024. But, there is little to no chance that they will consider a move for Llorente.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.