Jesus Vallejo keen on Real Madrid staying amid Espanyol interest
Real Madrid’s underprivileged defender Jesus Vallejo remains determined to stay at the club this summer despite interest from Espanyol.
According OBJECTIVE, Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo does not want to leave the club this summer despite his disgrace at the Santiago Bernabeu. La Liga side Espanyol are interested in signing the 25-year-old but he plans to stay in the Spanish capital.
Vallejo spent his youth career at Real Zaragoza before moving to Real Madrid in the summer of 2015. He was immediately loaned out to his boyhood club for a season, after which another temporary move to Eintracht Frankfurt followed. . Having rarely played for Madrid between 2017 and 2019, he left to join Wolves on loan but only returned six months later after struggling for playing time.
Vallejo spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign at Granada, where he did quite well, prompting the club to re-sign him on loan for the 2020/21 campaign as well. The 25-year-old made 50 appearances for the Spanish club during his two loan spells before returning to Real Madrid last summer when Carlo Ancelotti decided to keep him on as a substitute player.
However, Vallejo hardly saw any playing time under the Italian, who had Eder Militao, David Alaba and Nacho as his favorite centre-backs. As a result, the 25-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions during the 2021/22 season. With Real Madrid signing Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer, Vallejo has fallen lower in the pecking order.
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Thus, Real Madrid are said to be open to the prospect of selling him and there seem to be takers for the former Real Zaragoza prospect. There has been interest from Getafe, while Espanyol are also keen to sign the 25-year-old.
The Catalan club have shown keen interest in signing Vallejo, although their transfer plans have been hampered by financial issues. Nonetheless, they remain determined to land the Real Madrid defender this summer.
However, Vallejo has no intention of leaving Real Madrid despite being completely out of favor. It is said that Los Blancos are pleased with his professionalism and performance towards the end of last season. But the arrival of Rudiger complicates things, which is why the champions of Spain and Europe were looking to make him evolve.
But Vallejo, whose contract runs until 2025, is keen to continue. It will therefore be up to Espanyol to convince the defender to end his association with Real Madrid and make the jump to Catalonia this summer.