Spanish Under 21 international opts against Anfield move.
Real Madrid youngster Sergio Canales has revealed he rejected a loan move to England in January despite being the subject of interest from a number of clubs. Having made just seven appearances in La Liga for his club so far this season, it would have been understandable if the 20 year-old had sought first team football elsewhere – at least on a temporary basis – and there were certainly Premier League clubs willing to give Canales a chance. Liverpool, West Ham and Fulham are believed to be the three interested parties, but the former Racing Santander wonderkid wants to prove to his coach Jose Mourinho he can cut it at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“During January I had options to move to England, but I want to repay Mourinho and the club’s trust in me,” he told Marca. “I don’t regret moving to Real Madrid and I knew that this first year would be tough. It’s not great when I’m not in the squad but I want to show what I can do on the pitch.”
Since his move from Racing Santander to the Bernabeu talented youngster Sergio Canales has battled manfully to get Jose Mourinho’s attention and it seems that he may well have succeeded. The 20 year old has been used more frequently in recent weeks and months and though he clearly will have to battle through a mountain of talent at the Spanish giants, he seems up for the task.
Clearly the fact that the signing of Sergio Canales was completed before Mourinho arrived at the club would have left the attacking midfielder wondering where he future lay, but the Spanish Under 21 international wants to stick at it.
However perhaps a loan move would have been a useful way to get first team experience but a temporary move that would have taken him abroad would have been unlikely. Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli in particular, were interested in bringing Canales to Anfield as they looked to add more creativity to their attack.
However the recent fine displays from the likes of Luis Suarez, Raul Meireles and indeed Dirk Kuyt, have helped make the Merseyside club a more effective unit going forward. New signing Andy Carroll still needs time to bed in, not least because the England international is also fighting back from injury.