Mustafi: Madrid interest is flattering

Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has confessed that he is flattered by reported interest from Real Madrid.

The Germany international has been touted as a potential replacement for Sergio Ramos, who continues to be linked with an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu, and he admits he would struggle to resist Los Blancos’ overtures.

“Right now I’m on holiday, but who wouldn’t be happy if Madrid were interested in you?” he told Sport1.

“It shows that you’ve given a good level during the season. No player wouldn’t be happy.”

Mustafi’s father Kujtim then went one step further by claiming that Madrid had already made the first move for his son.

“It’s true [referring to Madrid’s interest] as there was contact by phone on this issue,” he added.

“Madrid are a great club with great success, and of course I’d be lying if I said that I wouldn’t be proud if my son signed for them.”

The former Sampdoria stopper’s release clause currently stands at €50m, meaning Valencia would be in line for a considerable profit on their initial €8m outlay.

The comments come in the wake of agent Ali Bulut’s declaration that Madrid and Barca were interested in his client.

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