Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso coy on Real Madrid return

Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso has remained coy on a possible transfer to Real Madrid having been called up to the Spanish national squad.

The 23-year-old only joined the Catalan club in 2017 from Madrid in a €400k deal while he has a contract until 2020 with a €40m release clause in place.

Madrid possess a €15m buyback clause while they also are said to still own 50% of his rights, meaning they can sign him for half that price.

“My dream is to play many matches with the national team and Espanyol, and in my head I will be a regular in both,” Hermoso told an interview with Diario Sport.

“Moving back to Real Madrid? What happens in the future, nobody knows and this is not something that worries me or that I devote a lot of thought to.

“But you never know, the player always aspires to play at the highest level and to compete at the maximum level for them.

“Then markets open and the players have options to go out…but there must also be a team to go and also for Espanyol to accept clauses, so there many things to decide between clubs.”

Hermoso has become a regular for Espanyol and also possesses a goal threat – netting three times this season – while he previously starred for Madrid’s Castilla team.

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