The Real Madrid forward Ciro Illicero has hinted that he would be open to a move to Europe’s top league should the Spanish champions win the Champions League and progress to the quarter-finals.
Illicero, who has scored 14 goals in 27 league appearances, has played a big part in Madrid’s resurgence under Pep Guardiola, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti last summer and was appointed head coach in November.
Despite being one of the best players in the world, Illicolo is not yet sure how his career will go next season, having only been in the first team for two games.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu to the Chinese Super League, and although he has not signed a new contract yet, the Spain international has revealed that he has a contract in place.
“I think I’ll stay at Real Madrid,” Illiceros statement read.
“There are several options for me.
I want to play, of course, in the Champions league.
I’d love [to play in] a Champions league final.”
If the Champions are going to be the only thing to keep me in Madrid, I have to keep my contract.
“Real Madrid have the potential to do great things in the future.”
Real Madrid’s hopes of securing a spot in next year’s Champions League group stages are also up in the air, as the reigning champions look to avoid the first-round exit that they suffered at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain last season.
Real Madrid beat Paris St-Gilles 3-1 in the quarter final, and the La Liga champions will hope that their dominance over Paris will not come into question in the competition, especially after the two sides were both beaten in the group stage by Barcelona and Juventus.