Illarramendi desperate for Real Madrid stay

The midfielder has been unable to cement a regular place in Carlo Ancelotti’s first XI but is ready to step in following the injury to Luka Modric

Asier Illarramendi has spoken of his desire to stay at Real Madrid after playing his part in Saturday’s 3-1 La Liga win over Malaga.

The midfielder has started only 11 games for the European champions this season, but replaced Luka Modric on the hour-mark at the Santiago Bernabeu after the Croatia international’s participation was cut short due to injury, which will keep him out for six weeks.

Illarramendi has endured a frustrating time since making his move from Real Sociedad, but the 25-year-old is not looking to move on at the end of the season.

He said: “I have a contract here and I am very happy. I had a bit of difficulty adapting last year.

“However, now I am very happy here in the city and with my team-mates. Of course, I would like to stay here.”

Gareth Bale also sustained an injury during a victory which ensured Madrid remain two points behind leaders Barcelona in the battle for the title.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday and Illarramendi is ready to take his chance if called upon.

He added: “Bale and Modric are two crucial players for us but they didn’t look good.

“I am available and if they need me I will be there. I train as hard as I can every day for that chance.”

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