Marcos Llorente: I have proven to myself that I can play for Real Madrid

Marcos Llorente has admitted to having doubts about if he was good enough to play for Real Madrid but insists he has silenced those thoughts after an impressive loan spell with Alaves.

Llorente joined Madrid as a youth player in 2008 but only played three times for the senior side before being shipped out on loan to Alaves last season.

The midfielder’s ability had been called into question but Llorente proved his talent with the Vitoria-based club, playing 32 times in La Liga last campaign.

The 22-year-old’s excellent form saw him feature for Spain’s Under-21s this summer, helping the side to reach the final of the Under-21s European Championships.

Llorente has now been told by Madrid he will be featuring on the club’s pre-season tour of America and will be in the senior side for the new season, a fact that he is thrilled about.

The Spaniard has confessed that, heading into his loan with Alaves, he was uncertain if he has the ability to play for Madrid but is now confident he has what it takes to become a first team player at the Bernabeu.

Speaking to Marca Llorente said: “My loan with Alaves has ended and now I have a contract with Madrid. They have told me that I am joining the United States tour after my holiday. My dream has always been to triumph at Real Madrid and I will do everything in my power to make that happen.

“The club has not told me about transfers or another loan. I have been told that I am staying with them and that I join them in the tour.

“They have shown me the confidence they have in me. I know that Madrid have the best players in the world, and that the team has had a fantastic year. It will be difficult but I am ready. I want to work and sacrifice everything to try to fulfill my dream.

“I think that before starting this season I had doubts about whether I could compete at the best club in the world [Madrid], but this year with Alaves I have been very good. I have proven to myself that I am capable and that I can fulfill my dream. I proved it, it’s been a very good year.”