It's looking increasingly likely that talented Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva will leave the Bernabeu this summer, but Real Madrid have no intentions of loaning him to a Premier League club, according to Spanish radio network Cadena SER.
During the daily 'SER Deportivos' show, it was highlighted that clubs in La Liga currently leading the chase for the 22-year-old, include Real Betis and Levante, who are both keen to strengthen in central midfield.
Lucas Silva arrived at Real Madrid for around €14 million from Cruzeiro during the 2015 winter transfer window, but only made 8 appearances in La Liga, three of which were in the starting eleven, whilst Carlo Ancelotti was at the helm.
Following the arrival of Rafa Benitez as manager, it has become more evident that given the wealth of midfield competition in the Real Madrid squad, Lucas Silva will have to move elsewhere on a loan deal, if he's to get valuable minutes of first-team action during the 2015-16 season.
In England earlier this week, the Guardian suggested that Arsenal were in the driving seat to make a loan approach for the Brazilian, whilst the Daily Star claimed the Gunners would have to battle with Manchester United and Chelsea, to capture his signing.
Such reports seem clearly wide of the mark, based on the details advanced by Cadena SER, who have explained exactly why Real Madrid won't be loaning Lucas Silva to any club outside Spain.
Given that South American players can gain a Spanish passport, after two consecutive years working in the country, Real Madrid believe that Lucas Silva would be best served by remaining in La Liga.
Although there's no place for him in the plans of Rafa Benitez this season, he is still regarded as one for the future. Therefore by gaining a Spanish passport in the next eighteen months, he would no longer take up one of the three non-EU player slots in the Real Madrid squad.
Regardless of strong interest from the Premier League clubs, and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal according to Record, the loan offers from Real Betis and Levante are set to be viewed favourably by Real Madrid.
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