According to a report published by Spanish paper AS, Denis Cheryshev will return to Real Madrid next season and form a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s expensive first-team squad,
The Russian winger is currently on a season-long loan at fellow La Liga side Villarreal where he has played a crucial role in the club’s impressive campaign.
In 16 league starts this campaign, Cheryshev has scored three goals and racked up eight assists – the same figure as Lionel Messi and five more than reported Manchester United target Gareth Bale.
His displays have been noticed by Italian boss Ancelotti in the Spanish capital and reports claim that Los Blancos have already decided to include him in next season’s first-team squad.
“Denis Cheryshev will return to Real Madrid next season. And he will stay. Ancelotti, who preferred to see the player in another team where he would be handed more minutes on the pitch, is convinced of his ability and has not forgot about another thing when making his decision: his versatility,” AS report.
Cheryshev is predominantly a left winger, but his ability to dribble inside and provide assists make him a candidate for the opposite flank – a position currently occupied by Gareth Bale.
Much has been spoken of the Welshman’s future in recent weeks, with reports in the Mirror linking the winger with an astonishing move to United last weekend.
“Manchester United are on the move with a complex £100million deal for the release of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale - with David de Gea heading to the Bernabeu,” the Mirror reported.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a fabulous debut season at Madrid, but this season in contrast has been tough for the former Spurs man and his popularity at the Santiago Bernabeu appears on the wane.
During the recent victory over Getafe, Bale became the subject of intense boos and whistles from the crowd after failing to pass to teammate Cristiano Ronaldo when put through on goal.
With Jese Rodriguez back in contention and Cheryshev to return to the club next season, Bale’s status at the club is beginning to look less and less significant and could see him leave if Madrid receive an offer they simply can’t refuse.