Colombian star hoping for priceless points against Real Madrid

Jeison Murillo returns to Granada after international duty with Colombia keen to help his team make life difficult for Real Madrid this weekend in La Liga.

22-year-old centre-back Jeison Murillo has unfinished business to resolve, before he leaves Granada this summer and completes his €10 million move to Italian outfit Inter Milan.

With his current team still among the bottom three in La Liga with 10 games of the season remaining, his aim is to help Granada ensure their safety and secure a fifth consecutive campaign amongst the Spanish elite, ahead of next season.

The next match won't be so easy, as Granada head to the Santiago Bernabeu this Sunday lunchtime to face a Real Madrid battling to close the gap on Barcelona at the top of the table.

Speaking at a press call following training on Wednesday, covered by the club's official website, Murillo underlined: "We have to be realistic and we know it will be a very difficult game, but we can't just give up and throw everything out the window. We're hoping to go there, have a good game and get points."

The Granada centre-back made it clear that irrespective of who they face: "Given the circumstances the team is in right now, it's very important to have a winning mentality. There's no other way."

Beyond the match against Real Madrid this weekend, as fixtures come thick and fast in April, there's a midweek clash against Celta Vigo followed by Almeria the following weekend. Murillo observed: "They're games more of our level, where we've perhaps more chance of getting points than against Real Madrid, but the game in Madrid is one more to play for, so we're hoping to do well. Hopefully I can help."

An excellent breakthrough campaign last season for Murillo caught the attention of numerous leading clubs throughout Europe, with Inter Milan winning the race for his signature. His performances also caught the eye of Colombia national team coach Jose Pekerman.

Having featured again for Colombia during the international break, Murillo concluded: "It's always a joy to wear the shirt of your national team. It's a dream come true for me and it gives me pride, forming a part of the squad, every time I'm called."

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