Udinese ace Deulofeu: I'll never return to Barcelona, but Real Madrid…

Udinese ace Gerard Deulofeu says he’d happily sign for Real Madrid – despite his Barcelona background.

Deulofeu is being celebrated in Italy for his influence on Udinese’s stunning start to the season.

He told Marca: “I’m really good here.

“In the summer I could have left but it didn’t happen, but I’m calm. If I had left it would have been just because it was a good option for all sides. Hopes for the World Cup? I’m a realist, I haven’t been called up for a long time. I don’t lose hope but I know there is a lot of competition.”

Asked about a return to La Liga, he added: “I’d like it because it’s Spain. I’ve talked to some clubs, let’s see you never know what can happen. I enjoy the present.

“Going back to Barcelona? No, I’ve already said that many times. And to Real Madrid? To arrive at Real Madrid how could I say no? It would be a great option for me.”