Leno: Real Madrid? I am focused on Leverkusen

The goalkeeper is not getting carried away following reports that the Champions League holders are keeping a close eye on his development

Bernd Leno has insisted that he is focused on Bayer Leverkusen amid reports that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on him.

The Santiago Bernabeu side reportedly see the 23-year-old as a potential long-term replacement for current first-choice goalkeeper Iker Casillas and have scouted him on a number of occasions.

Nevertheless, Leno is not thinking about a potential transfer to Madrid just yet.

“Real Madrid interest? This is the first time I hear about it,” Leno was quoted as saying by Bild.

“But I do not want to take part in speculations.

“What’s clear is that Bayer are my club at the moment and I am feeling very well at Leverkusen.”

Leverkusen director Michael Schade, meanwhile, feels flattered that a player of his club has caught the attention of Madrid, but is not too worried that Leno will be on the move.

“We are proud of it when our players are being linked with a big club like Madrid,” he said.

“I have not lost any sleep over it, though. It would be worrying if our players would no longer be linked with Europe’s elite.”

Leno, who has kept 12 clean sheets in 26 Bundesliga outings this term, has a contract with Leverkusen until June 2018.

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