Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has joked that Real Madrid may want to sign him when his contract runs out at Anfield, after putting in a great display in the first leg of the Reds' League Cup semi-final against Stoke City.
Toure was drafted in at centre-back following an injury to Mamadou Sakho, with Martin Skrtel already sidelined, and ended up finishing the game alongside Lucas Leiva as the Reds had to deal with another defensive injury blow when Dejan Lovren hobbled off before half time with a hamstring injury.
The Ivorian's display was widely applauded by both his manager and pundits and with his contract expiring in the summer, he is likely to be looking elsewhere.
He is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “If I can play like that then maybe I will go to Real Madrid!
"I don’t know what I am going to do but I would like to stay in the Premier League playing football because I love it.”
Given the goings on at Real Madrid, maybe Toure will have the opportunity, though in all seriousness he knows he is looking for a club that can offer some semi-regular game time in the autumn of his career.
But while at Liverpool, he is the most experienced figure in the side and during a testing period of the Reds he is going to be one of the key members of the squad as they try and guide themselves through potential choppy waters.
With the injury list running into double figures at a period of the season where the side faces some of its biggest and most testing fixtures, a voice of experience is very much needed.
Toure believes the side can guide themselves through their current predicament, and hailed Lucas Leiva for his performance at centre-back against Stoke.
"We are under pressure of course. We are losing a lot of centre backs right now but we are a team and we fight and defend as a team and Lucas was the man of the match.
“He is good as a centre-half, and because we play as a team he knows he is not on his own and he has players who will cover for him."