Marcos Llorente will not return to his parent club Real Madrid until his loan deal with Alaves expires this summer, it has been confirmed.
Various reports in Spain suggested that Zinedine Zidane wished to recall him to the Bernabeu early in order to provide cover for Casemiro – who is currently unavailable due to an injury – but the move has been ruled out.
"My aim is to return in a year's time,” Llorente told Marca.
"Right now my focus in on Alaves. There is no clause that allows me to return in the winter transfer market and that has been said by [Alaves sporting director] Sergio Fernandez."
"Marcos Llorente is on loan for the season. There is no (winter) return clause. But he can't play against Real," said Alaves president Alfonso Fernandez de Troconiz.
Zidane had name checked Llorente as an ‘ideal replacement’ for Casemiro in the press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Borussia Dortmund.
Real Madrid had hoped to offer a sweetener to the Basque club but this appears unlikely as no fee can be involved due to the club’s transfer ban as imposed by FIFA.