Could Alvaro Negredo return to Spain this summer…
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Real Madrid have shown an interest in signing Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, following the departure of Alvaro Morata for Juventus, according to reports in the Metro.
The story comes just days after Negredo insisted he would not be leaving the Premier League champions this summer, despite rumours that he was unsettled at the Etihad Stadium.
It had been initially suggested that the Spain international could return to his homeland this summer after just one year in England, following a drop in form at the end of his debut campaign that saw him fail to score in the final four months of the season.
With City looking to generate funds ahead of the imminent arrival of centre-back Eliaquim Mangala in another big-money deal. It was claimed that Negredo could be among those moved out, with the 28-year-old said to be keen on the idea of a return to La Liga.
However, the player recently rubbished those rumours, insisting that he remains fully committed to the Premier League champions, for whom he scored 23 times last season.
During a Q&A session on CityTV, Negredo said on the exit talk: “I don’t want to leave City. I’m very happy and very settled here.
“I had a difficult end to the season and that’s why there has been a lot of talking but I’ve been very happy here from the first day I arrived.”
On suggestions that he is feeling homesick, Negredo added: “No. Maybe a bit more on the personal side than when we talk about football but I don’t cry easily. I am sensible but I have to love that person a lot to feel homesick.”
However, that commitment from both player and club could yet be tested if Madrid firm up their interest with an official bid.