Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez has talked to former sporting director and coach Jorge Valdano about his future. Valdano is now a host for Movistar+, delivering quality interviews. Vazquez, whose contract expires this summer and suffered a big knee injury before the end of the season, says to be “calm” about his future.
“I’m calm. Who wouldn’t want to keep playing for the world’s best club? We will know something soon, I can’t imagine my life without football,” said Vazquez, suggesting that a contract extension might actually be likely.
The interview was recorded days before Zidane announced his departure from Real Madrid, so Vazquez didn’t discuss that particular topic. He was asked about Ramos’ leadership skills and also praised Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Sergio is our main leader and Ronaldo a world-class player. They both give their best in every training session. They way Ramos, Cristiano or Modric make you play better is contagious. You learn from them and become a better player every day,” he added.
Vazquez also talked about his transition to the right-back spot after being Dani Carvajal’s primary backup all season long.
“I went from being an offensive winger to just a winger. Football basically evolved and developed so that every winger played as an inverted winger on opposite flanks and natural wingers like me are hard to find now. Until this season I wasn’t comfortable playing as a right-back, it was a strange feeling,” admitted the player.
Vazquez was asked about his knee injury, one which kept him away from the team for the crucial stretch of the season.
“I always give my very best when I step onto the pitch. First I though it was just a knock and then after seeing the tests I sighed because it could’ve been more serious. It will allow me to be at my best after six weeks, there’s no timetable for me to return and recover as soon as possible,” he added.
Real Madrid are facing a very busy offseason. Luka Modric signed a single-year extension while both Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Ramos are set to become free agents. Madrid should also appoint their next coach fairly soon and he should be the one making the decision about whether or not he needs Vazquez or Ramos on his team.