Report: Asier Illarramendi turned down Liverpool for Real Madrid stay

The Spaniard believes he can impress in his third season at the Bernabeu after two tough years.

Asier Illarramendi turned down a move to Liverpool in favour of proving himself at Real Madrid, reports Spanish media outlet Marca.

It appeared at one stage as though the midfielder’s future would take him away from the Bernabeu, having failed to establish himself in his two seasons thus far.

Last season was arguably the worst the 25-year-old has endured in the Spanish capital as he made just 10 starts in La Liga, with 20 appearances coming off the bench. That lack of action had led to talk of a move elsewhere in an effort to re-establish himself, with Liverpool said to be keen.

The Reds are reported to have gone as far as submitting a formal offer for the former Real Sociedad man, however, according to Marca, the player snubbed the approach outright, believing that he can make his make at Real, with new manager Rafa Benitez yet to settle upon his favoured side.

Benitez faith but competition remains

Luckily for the midfielder, it seems Benitez has faith in him, with the experienced coach believing there is more to come from the ex-Spain U21 international than what he has demonstrated in his two years so far, according to Marca

It is thought that he is looking to turn him into the next Xabi Alonso, a player Benitez signed at Liverpool and arguably helped to develop into the player he is today.

Unfortunately for Illarramendi, he still faces the same competition he has in the past two seasons, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ahead of him in the pecking order.

He is unlikely to replace either of those two any time soon, despite how much he may impress the new boss in pre-season, meaning that game time is likely to be hard to come by again next season.

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