Real Madrid’s signing of Lucas Silva on Friday had made it look a possibility to make a move for Asier Illaramendi but the Real manager has dropped a statement that will crush the Gunners aspirations.
“He is a player of Real Madrid and though it’s true he hasn’t playd much, we still have confidence in him” Ancelotti said.
“He’s important in the locker room”
Madrid confirmed on Friday evening that they had reached an agreement with Cruzeiro for the 21-year old Silva and that immediately seems to open the doors for Illara to find his way out of the Bernabeu. He was not so used during the period of Luka Modric’s injury and it does seem to obvious he will be the one to have to make way for the arriving Brazilian youngster to play.
Silva is acclaimed as a strong defensive midfielder and having played a title-winning impact in the just concluded Serie A season, making it into the team of the year, it is inevitable that he will be expected to have a starting role at the Bernabeu.
Illaramendi has chosen not to chicken out and has stated he will love to remain at Madrid
“Today, the club has not said anything about my departure” Illara as quoted by the Daily Star.
“I want to stay at Real Madrid. I’m very happy at this club and in this city. I’m only looking towards this Saturday’s game”
“Lucas Silva? I don’t know anything about him, the club have not told me anything”
But then, his denial of Silva’s arrival does not exactly sound like something he is comfortable with and there could infact still be a way out for him from the Bernabeu come next summer. Madrid could very well still go ahead and land another player in the coming market.
So Wenger could still make an offer to the higher-ups at Madrid for their 24-year old even if we might expect a drawn out tussle with regard the fee. Madrid paid a whooping €32 million to Real Sociedad for him, the highest fee they have paid for a Spanish player since signing Sergio Ramos in 2004, and in their usual way, they will looking to extract as much from any suitors.
Some sources say they want to convince him to return to the Basque region, not San Sebastien though but to rivals Bilbao, and that is not exactly what Illara wants. The player, instead, will stick to his fate for the remainder of the season with Ancelotti’s side and then look forward to joining, perhaps, Arsenal in the summer.
He was signed as the heir to Xabi Alonso in 2013 but the signing of Toni Kross this season has further pegged him back and an exit from the Bernabeu looks the only way out now for him to really kick on to fulfill the promise he had at youth competitions, making the Under 17-World Cup final in 2007, and winning the Under-21 Euros in 2013.
It was a six-year contract he signed and you wouldn’t expect him to appear like he’s going down without a fight.
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