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Asier Illarramendi could join Athletic on loan

The midfielder will not likely get many minutes with Real Madrid this season.

Duane Burleson

If Athletic Bilbao manage to knock Napoli out of the Champions League this very same night, the Basque team will go after a loan deal for Asier Illarramendi. Even though Illarra grew up as a Real Sociedad fan and player, the lack of minutes he's had with Real Madrid since he signed for los blancos last summer could be decisive for him to join Athletic, according to Marca.

Illarramendi did not have an easy time during his debut season at the Bernabéu. When his team visited the Signal-iduna Park to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League Quarterfinals, Illarramendi made a mistake that could've cost Real Madrid the ticket to the Semifinals. Still, Carlo Ancelotti could've handled this situation far better. All Illarramendi needs is confidence, something that he's not getting from the coaching staff.

It'd be easy to understand Illarramendi if he finally decides to spend the season away from the Bernabéu. After all, Ancelotti announced that Sami Khedira will stay with the club, something that will certainly decrease Illarramendi's importance in the depth chart.

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