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Hermoso: “I don’t know if Real Madrid want to sign me”

Could the defender make his return to Real Madrid?

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Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso made his international debut with Spain this Sunday and talked about the rumors suggesting that Real Madrid will sign him this upcoming January.

“I don’t know if Real Madrid are interested in signing me, I’m very happy with Espanyol right now,” said Hermoso to Onda Cero after the game.

Real Madrid could reportedly spend €7 million to sign Hermoso from Espanyol. His release clause is €40 million for every other club, given that Hermoso grew up as a player in Real Madrid’s academy.

Espanyol coach Rubi also talked about the situation.

“My guts tell me that Real Madrid won’t force anything with Hermoso. He’s very happy here and I believe he will stay at least until the end of the season,” said the coach, who would obviously need to find a replacement if Hermoso ends up leaving the club and joining Real Madrid in the winter transfer market.