Gago drops Real hint
Fernando Gago's agent has hinted the Real Madrid ace may leave Santiago Bernabeu in January.
By Simeone Bargellini
Last Updated: 25/11/09 3:00pm
Fernando Gago's agent has hinted the Real Madrid ace may leave Santiago Bernabeu in January in order to cement his World Cup place.
The Argentina international has played second fiddle at Real this season following the big-money capture of Liverpool's Xabi Alonso.
Gago believes his World Cup place under Diego Maradona is under threat and he is keen to secure first-team football to stay fit and fresh.
Serie A side Fiorentina have been linked with his services while reports in Spain and Argentina are linking him with a loan move to Boca Juniors.
Gago's agent Marcello Lombilla insists his client's unhappiness is not about money, but rather concern at a lack of playing time ahead of South Africa next summer.
"It's not a question of money, what Gago wants is match rhythm, because the World Cup is getting close and he wants Maradona to pick him for the squad," Lombilla told Marca.
"It's no good to me to have a player who is not happy with his club, Gago is not playing and when Gago is not playing, he stays at home crying."
Lombilla's partner Zoran Vekic is aware of interest from Serie A, however, he insists no move will be forthcoming unless Real state their intentions.
"Italian clubs like Gago but so far we've not been officially contacted by any teams," explained Vekic.
"From now until January there are possibilities, but it all depends on Real Madrid. There will be no deal unless Real tell us that they want to sell him.
"A return to Boca is totally impossible in my opinion. A loan deal? This depends on Real, although I think it's unlikely that they would consider this option for a player of this quality."