Llorente: I’ve always dreamt of playing for Real Madrid

Llorente: I’ve always dreamt of playing for Real Madrid

Diego Llorente
Diego Llorente playing for Rayo Vallecano - Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid home-grown defender Diego Llorente, who is spending a season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, has confessed he dreams of playing for Los Blancos first team.

Recent Los Merengues transfer rumours have suggested the 22-year-old will return to the Santiago Bernabeu next summer, as requested by Zinedine Zidane.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca the Spaniard was asked about that possibility: “I will give my best to fulfill this dream I’ve had since I was a child, which is playing for Real Madrid, the team that has seen me grown since I was an Under-9.”

The current Rayo man explained his days at Real Madrid Castilla under Zidane’s management were a great experience: “Zidane was one of the reasons I stayed at Castilla, despite having offers from other teams. It was a unique opportunity to have him as a manager. I learnt a lot, because he would talk a lot to us and I remember every counsel he gave me word by word.”

Llorente made his debut for the first team under Jose Mourinho and he has good memories of the Portuguese coach: “People have an image of him that is wrong. For example, in a match against Real Sociedad, Adan was sent off when I was going to come in the field, and the day after I was training with the first team and he came to explain himself. As a youngster, I didn’t think he had to, but he had that gesture. Those are personal details that people don’t see but can leave a mark on you.”