Negredo open to Reds move
Striker weighs up future at Real
By Lucas Brown. Last Updated: 11/06/09 11:05am
Alvaro Negredo has revealed that if he is forced to leave Real Madrid then Liverpool or Valencia would be great destinations, but his first choice is stay at the Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old striker has been bought back by Los Merengues after two years with Almeria and there is some confusion about whether he will stay or be sold as part of another deal.
Reports have linked Negredo with an immediate move away from the Spanish capital, but the player himself wants to show that he could be the forward that Madrid need if he is given the chance.
"I am delighted that they are going exercise it because my dream is to triumph in Madrid," he told AS.
"I still do not know what will happen, but the fact they have decided to buy me back is testament to my work over the last two seasons that I feel has been good.
"Now I want to stay with Madrid.
"He [Florentino Perez] called me to tell me of the intention to exercise the buy-back clause. He told me to rest and that when I returned we would see what happens.
Option"My first option is to stay, but we will have to see how many forwards there are at Madrid. For a player like me, who comes from the youth team, it is difficult to win a place.
"What I need is to play games and I want to be able to do that with Madrid."
Valencia are reported to want Negredo as part of a deal that could see David Villa head to Real Madrid and the young striker would not object if the Mestalla was his new home.
"If I do have to go then Valencia would a great option. They are a big club and they have Unai Emery as coach, who I had a great relationship with at Almeria," he continued.
"Whatever happens, if Madrid do not want me I will not see myself as a bargaining chip for them to use.
"Technically they may think that, but I would not see myself like that because I will go where I think is best for my career.
"It would hurt a bit. The club has spoken about having more Spanish players and for the time being they are showing me respect and that means a lot.
"But if they decide to sell me then I will not leave with any problems."
Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Negredo and while he has not hidden the fact he would like to play with Fernando Torres, he is not pushing for a move to Anfield.
"I have already said that I think that is a great club and it would be incredible to play alongside Torres. But I prefer not to talk about that, because for now I am a Madrid player," he added.