Torino president Urbano Cairo has revealed his Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez was interested in Andrea Belotti’s release clause at the club.
The 23-year-old Italian international has a €100m release clause at the Turin-based club for teams outside of Italy while Madrid were linked to the striker over summer.
“I was eating dinner with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and we were talking about contracts of players with huge release clauses and I mentioned Belotti,” Cairo is quoted as saying by Tuttosport, as cited by ESPN.
“As soon as he heard of the (€100m) clause for Belotti, who he didn't know, it pricked his ears. If the clause had only been €20m, he wouldn't have been interested."
“Belotti is an exceptional lad and he's loved by everybody; he's always kept his feet on the ground and remained humble, even when he's had a €100m price tag slapped on him.
“He needs to be relaxed and he told me that he has not even thought about the clause even when he put pen to paper on his new contract.”