Denis Cheryshev seeks Real Madrid loan exit in January
The Spanish paper Marca reports that the 24-year-old skillful attacker has become disillusioned with his lack of playing time at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this season.
Cheryshev is yet to start a La Liga game for Rafa Benitez’s side in 2015-16, with two domestic substitute appearances all that the Russia international has to show for his campaign to date.
His time on the pitch has amounted to less than an hour collectively, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Isco ahead of him in the Spanish coach’s pecking order.
The Nizhny Novgorod-born midfielder had a tough choice in the summer over whether to stay in the Spanish capital or seek a loan move elsewhere.
After receiving Benitez’s assurances, Cheryshev opted to stay with Los Blancos and fight for a regular spot, but the promised game time has not materialized.
While there is reported interest from the Premier League, the more likely scenario is for Cheryshev to move to another La Liga side considering that he has gone out on loan in Spain before – Sevilla in 2013-2014, and Villarreal last season.
At Villarreal, Cheryshev scored four goals and created nine assists in 26 La Liga outings, so a return to the El Madrigal outfit is very possible.
The other option is Valencia, reported to have made an approach to the Russian international before the current season started. However the Mestalla outfit has since parted company with head coach Nuno, who was the main person behind the failed summer move.
Cheryshev is keen to get as much playing time as possible under his belt before Russia’s Euro 2016 participation in France, with his place in Leonid Slutsky’s national side by no means secured.
Although the Real Madrid man started Russia’s last international friendly, a 3-1 loss against Croatia, he was a fringe figure during the qualification campaign for next summer’s competition.