Baptista to stay at Real
Julio Baptista has reiterated his desire to stay at Real Madrid after turning down a move to Milan.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 02/08/07 4:54pm
Julio Baptista has reiterated his desire to stay at the Bernabeu after turning down a move to Milan.
The former Arsenal front man has said he is flattered by the Italian giants' interest but says he wants to stay with Real Madrid.
Baptista told Marca: "I am flattered that such a big club is watching me and may want to sign me, but I am a Real Madrid player and want to win things here."
Baptista has been reassured by Real boss Bernd Schuster that he will figure in his plans this season despite reports suggesting otherwise.
The Brazilian says he is confident he will play a part in Real's success this time and that rumours he has been used as "bait" to lure in other players are not true.
"I believe that they are counting on me, although the squad is not yet clarified, but between myself and the club things have been sorted out," he added.
"Since I have arrived back I have said that I am excited about being here and want to help Madrid.
"I have spoken with Schuster and although what he said will remain private, it cleared everything up and we both clarified what we wanted.
"Things are certainly a lot clearer now."