Joao Cancelo open to Real Madrid transfer

Joao Cancelo insists ‘it’s a pleasure’ to know about Real Madrid’s reported interest, as he could remain open to a transfer next summer.

Chelsea primarily dominated the January window with their relentless spending, acquiring many notable names at huge costs. Yet, the most dramatic twist came from the corridors of Manchester City as they decided to allow Joao Cancelo to leave on loan.

The Manchester City star sealed a shock move to Bayern Munich on loan late in the window. Reports of a fallout with Pep Guardiola emerged in the aftermath of the transfer, but those remain unconfirmed. The Bavarians will take him until the end of the campaign with a €70 million option to buy.

Many have debated the idea of letting Cancelo depart, particularly when Manchester City have a shortage in the left-back position. There’s also the question of the title race and their run in the Champions League, as experts insisted the decision could hurt Guardiola’s side.

Unconfirmed reports suggested Cancelo was offered to Real Madrid before the move to Bayern transpired. There are suggestions the Spanish giants were interested in the fullback for some time, and there’s every possibility of them trying to lure him in the summer window.

Cancelo did not confirm the interest from Real Madrid, although he insisted ‘it’s a pleasure’ if rumours are true. Fabrizio Romano’s tweet carried quotes from the fullback, where he opened the doors to a future move to the Bernabeu.

Cancelo said, “I’ve not received any proposal from Real Madrid in January, no… if rumours say so, I don’t know”.

“If a club like Real Madrid wants you, it’s a pleasure — it also means I’m doing the right things”.

Bayern only have a buy option in his deal, meaning they could gauge his performance in the next few months before making the big decisions. From how it seems, the Portuguese international may not have a future at Manchester City under Guardiola.

While other clubs could be interested, the fullback’s future remains open. Whether Real Madrid comes into the picture in June remains the question, but he does look destined to depart from Etihad.

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