Alavés are enjoying one of the best seasons in their history. The newly promoted team is in the middle of the table in the Spanish league, far from the relegation zone, and they are in the Copa del Rey final against FC Barcelona. One of the main reasons for this success is the Real Madrid player Marcos Llorente, who cannot play on Sunday with his team at Santiago Bernabéu.
Mauricio Pellegrino arrived to Alavés to avoid the relegation. However, he’s done a superb job and he has been able to build a great team, especially in the defense area. One of the key players is the stopper, Marcos Llorente, who is on loan this season from Real Madrid.
Real Madrid included a clause in the loan contract, so Marcos Llorente cannot play at Santiago Bernabéu: “I’d love to play and I’m annoyed, but when you go on loan, you know these things happen. About the game, it won’t be unlikely to get a point at Santiago Bernabéu, we already did it at Camp Nou and Calderón”, Llorente remembered. Actually, Alavés drew in the first game of the season at Vicente Calderón and they were able to beat Barcelona (1-2) at Camp Nou.
Despite his rights are owned by Real Madrid, the player will support Alavés: “I don’t travel to Madrid, I’ll watch the game on TV from Vitoria and I want Alavés to win”. However, it was more important to win at Camp Nou: “Beating Barcelona for me was always very especial”.
Real Madrid supporters won’t enjoy Marcos Llorente, but the club is following him this season and he might go back to Bernabéu in June. He could be the perfect replacement for Casemiro but, at the moment, Llorente doesn’t know anything: “At the end of the season I’ll analyze the best option for me and if I have to stay one year more at Alavés, I’ll be pleased. Besides, no one from Real Madrid have talked with me. I know they follow me and we don’t need any call”.
His season with Alavés has been superb and Llorente knows he’s standing up: “It’s good news being the best stealing balls because I’ve been always good with the ball but I also improved in the other parts of the game. I want to win the Copa del Rey final and leave Alavés in the best way possible”.