Marcos Llorente has reiterated his desire to stay at Real Madrid, despite interest from Alaves and Sevilla.
Llorente spent 2017 on loan with Alaves but had started just give times for Madrid since, appearing once this season as a substitute.
That was before the Champions League tie with Roma on Tuesday evening, where the midfielder was hauled into the starting eleven by Santiago Solari.
The 23-year-old has cited his desire to play more recently and that led Abelardo’s Alaves side to make an offer to get him back on a loan deal in January, which they had hoped could be turned into a permanent move.
Sevilla and Real Betis have also shown interest, but it is now thought that the youngster will not be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.
“It has not been an easy season for me, it’s tough to stay in good shape when you don’t play and I have to be satisfied with the game I played,” said Llorente after the final whistle. “When you don’t play you have to train 100% just so the coach calls your name. It’s important to keep up with your teammates when you’ve been out for so long.
“We all like to play and be involved, my dream is to succeed here and I am hoping to get more chances like this one,” concluded Llorente.
Real Madrid beat Roma on Tuesday to bounce back after losing 3-0 to Eibar at the weekend. Solari’s side must now turn their focus on to the upcoming fixture against Valencia.
Los Blancos sit sixth in the La Liga table, six points behind league leaders Sevilla, who beat Real Valladolid on Sunday evening to secure top spot.
Saturday’s opponents Valencia have been struggling this term, having drawn eight of their 13 games in the league, including two losses and three wins.