Denis Cheryshev’s old man is refusing to close the door on a surprise return to Real Madrid following his impressive progress over the past year.
The Russian winger spent his formative years at Real’s youth academy, where he started out at just 11 years old and eventually graduated to the senior team.
After loan spells at Sevilla and Villarreal, Cheryshev made his debut for Real in September 2015 but only managed to make a further five appearances before being shown the door at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 28-year-old now stars for Valencia in La Liga on another season-long deal from his current parent club Villarreal.
But Cheryshev has brushed aside his injury problems and was one of the key men behind Russia’s impressive World Cup campaign last summer, where the hosts defied the odds to reach the quarter-finals.
Therefore, Cheryshev’s father is convinced his son still has what it takes to play for one of Spain’s biggest teams.
“You know, when he belonged to Real Madrid, he was often on loan and as soon as he signed his first contract he was loaned out because there was little opportunity to play,” Dmitry told Goal.
“At one point, he came back and began to accumulate playing time. But in the middle of the season, he realised that in order to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and other stars of the team, there is a need to play and prove his value. Having had very little opportunities, it was difficult for him to compete.
“But what I see is that every time Denis was loaned, he always came back to Real. Because the club did not want to let him go. At one point, they decided to let him go to Villarreal once and for all. In this team, he played a year but as the club was in an unstable situation, that’s why they released him also.
“But, sure if he had only played in one club during this period, there would have been consistency and it would have been profitable.
“A come back to Real Madrid in the future? In the Russian language, we always say ‘never say never’.”