Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi admits 'delight' at Real Madrid interest

Mestalla Valencia

German international defender Shkodran Mustafi has revealed Real Madrid have been in contact.

In 2012, Shkodran Mustafi was deemed surplus to requirements by David Moyes and Everton. After making just one first-team appearance for The Toffees, he was released on a free transfer to Sampdoria.

Last summer Mustafi made an €8 million switch to La Liga and Valencia, and has since gone from strength to strength, forging a superb defensive partnership with Nicolas Otamendi.

Whilst there is already a wealth of speculation Otamendi is a target for Real Madrid, they've also been linked with a move for Mustafi, which in comments to Sport 1 and via Mundo Deportivo, the player's father confirmed:

"It's true, there has already been contact about this. Real Madrid is a great club with a lot of success, and of course I would be lying if I said I wouldn't be proud if my son were to sign for this club." Kujtim Mustafi admitted with pride.

Speaking to the same broadcaster, the defender himself acknowledged the contact from from the Santiago Bernabeu, explaining: "At the moment I'm on holiday, but who wouldn't be delighted if Real Madrid were interested in them."

"It shows I've performed at a good level throughout the year. There isn't a player who wouldn't be happy." Added the German international.

The main obstacle for Real Madrid, as with any interest in Otamendi, is that Mustafi also has a €50 million clause valuation. Likewise, it's certain that Valencia wouldn't be willing to negotiate that figure, with La Liga rivals Real Madrid.

Given that Otamendi has already made it clear he wants to leave the Mestalla this summer, Valencia could now face a defensive crisis, if their other highly talented centre-back also has his sights set on moving elsewhere.

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