Real Madrid starlet Antonio Blanco gave a wide ranging interview with Spanish paper COPE on Friday.
The big headlines for Real Madrid fans is that Blanco couldn’t confirm his short term future at the club. When asked if he knew if he’d be with the first team next year, Blanco replied coyly, “ I still don’t know anything, they haven’t communicated anything to me. I am going to focus on the U21, when I finish I will speak with the club and with my agent and we will see what will happen.”
Outside of that, Blanco touched on a variety of topics from a memorable season so far for the 20-year-old, naturally focusing on his inclusion to the Under-21 squad.
The defensive midfielder was initially left out of the team set to travel to Slovenia, however, he was drafted in late after Jon Moncaylo tested positive for COVID-19. “I received a call from him [Luis de Fuente], I was in Madrid and I was not expecting that call at all. It was an illusion and I am very happy to be here. I hope, given this great opportunity, to be champions and to see if, thank God, we come to Spain with the gold medal.”
Blanco has already been a European champion at U-17 and U-19 level as well as a U-19 World Cup finalists. The Spain team set to play Croatia on Sunday are the defending champions and will fancy their chances of retaining the crown. For Blanco, its another plus to take from a very rewarding 12 months where he has won the UEFA Youth League, helped Castilla reach the playoffs and got a first team debut under his belt.
“It was special because the day before I had played 90 minutes with Castilla and I didn’t expect to play that game,” Blanco said of his debut with the senior side, “when I finished with Castilla they told me that I had to go with the first team to Getafe and it was a dream that I was able to fulfill. I thank Zidane and his entire coaching staff because they made me very happy that day.”
Blanco also spoke about Raul, whom he has called an example in previous interviews, “[Raul is] a coach with character and who demands of you every day. You can never lower your arms. It is very important to me because it has helped me a lot, he has given me a lot of advice and it has helped me grow as a footballer and as a person.
Spain U-21 face Croatia on Sunday in the quarter finals on the U-21 European Championships. The game will be streamed on Sky Sport’s Youtube channel.