Liverpool look set to miss out as Real Madrid star Asier Illarramendi rules out summer switch

Real Madrid’s Asier Illarramendi wants to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid midfielder Aiser Illarramendi told Spanish publication AS that Saturday’s encounter with Getafe wasn’t his last game for the club as he rules out a summer switch.

The 25-year-old joined the La Liga giants from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2013 in a €32.2 million deal, a fee which has since been heavily criticised by the Spanish media.

With heavy competition for places evident, Illarramendi has struggled to impose himself when counted upon and he has featured less this season than the previous campaign.

Speculation over his future is rife, with renowned paper Marca reporting Liverpool’s interest and Illarramendi’s intentions of making a summer switch to Anfield.

The Reds are in dire need of a new midfielder given Steven Gerrard’s imminent departure, and at a reported asking price of just £8.5 million, as per the Mirror, he would be an astute signing.

However, it appears the Merseysiders are to miss out, as Illarramendi told reporters yesterday that he has no desire to leave Madrid and lamented the press for fabricating such rumours.

“The truth is I haven’t played much, and we’d all like to play more but this is Madrid and it’s difficult to have continuity. I have a contract and I will remain here because I am very happy,” he explained.

Despite his declaration, Illarramendi’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu may well depend on whether current boss Carlo Ancelotti is relieved of his duties following a trophy-less campaign.

The Italian coach seemingly has the backing of the players, but Florentino Perez has the final say and the somewhat controversial president isn’t shy in wielding the axe on successful coaches.

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