Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has told reporters that he wants to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu amid speculation over his future, Spanish publication AS reports.
The talented defensive midfielder arrived at the La Liga giants in the summer of 2013, joining in a big-money deal from fellow Spanish top flight outfit Real Sociedad.
Owing to heavy competition for places, his progress at the club has been somewhat disrupted and questions have been raised regarding his future after reported interest from the Premier League.
Last week, Marca listed both Arsenal and Liverpool as potential suitors, and even went as far as stating that the player is keen on joining fellow Spaniards Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo at Anfield.
Illarramendi would be a terrific signing for the Reds, especially considering Steven Gerrard’s pending departure and the real lack of a quality central midfielder.
However, speaking after Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s 3-1 victory over Malaga, the Basque midfielder told reporters that he’s ready to replace the injured Luka Modric and stated he has no plans to leave the club.
“I’m strong, I know I haven’t played much but I’m ready for when the coach needs me. It took a while for me to adapt, but now I am very happy here in the city,” he explained.
The 25-year-old midfielder has started just seven La Liga matches this season as he has had to contend with being a back-up to the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira.
Modric’s latest injury set-back is likely to boost Illarramendi’s chances of first-team football and he could be given the opportunity to shine on the biggest stage.