Lucas Hernandez reveals he rejected Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez revealed that city rivals Real Madrid had attempted to sign him two years ago and he confirmed that an offer had been received from a “major European side”.

The France international has spent his entire senior career at Atletico and he’s gradually become a prominent member of the squad following a run of consistently strong performances in defence.

Due to this, Atletico made sure to tie him down to a new long-term contract last summer until June 2024 with a release clause of €80m.

But over the years Lucas has been regularly linked with Real Madrid, who incidentally have his brother Theo Hernandez.

And now the Frenchman has revealed that two years ago an offer came in from Real to swap over to the famous white shirt in the Spanish capital.

“It’s true that approximately two years ago Real Madrid made a significant offer via my agent but at the time I felt I owed much to Atletico,” Lucas told AS.

More recently, however, the 22-year-old had been touted for a surprise €80m move away from Spain to Bayern Munich in Germany following a shock report by Spanish newspaper Marca.

Despite Atletico having previously denied such a claim, Lucas has now confirmed that he had received an offer from a “major European side”.

“To be totally honest, my personal situation changed and I had to make a decision that wasn’t all about me.

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“It’s true that in the transfer window there was a bid from another major European side and the first thing I did was relay that to Atletico.

“They made it clear that it was not an option they wanted to contemplate and we all agreed to review my situation before the end of the current season.”

Atletico and Real will go head-to-head on Saturday in a Madrid derby in La Liga with Los Blancos appearing to have made a welcome return to form of late.

“Real Madrid have a squad full of top players and every player that features in the derby possess the ability to cause problems,” said Lucas.

“What we need to do is be tuned in for the full 90 minutes and that’s the key to being able to cope with the problems our opponents will create.”


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