Spanish wonderkid responds to Real Madrid links following Arsenal interest

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 27 Nov 2023 13:25 CST
  • 3 min read
Miguel Gutierrez, Girona
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Girona defender Miguel Gutierrez has responded to links of a return to Real Madrid after leaving Los Blancos last summer.

The 22-year-old Spaniard was sold to Girona for €4 million and played a key role in their first-team as they finished 10th following their promotion from the second-tier.

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This year, Gutierrez has continued his fine form for Girona and has made 12 league appearances as they sit second in LaLiga, just one point behind Real Madrid and with a game in hand.

Unsurprisingly, the full-back has been linked with a return to Real Madrid, but he is keen to remain at Girona.

What has Gutierrez said?

Gutierrez was asked whether he regretted leaving Real Madrid by Marca and replied: “No. I was playing in the Primera RFEF with Castilla. Making the jump to La Liga is not easy, and having a lot of game time and playing many games is complicated.

“It couldn’t have turned out better, I have landed on my feet in a place where the team has supported me, a coaching staff that understands my characteristics and style of play, and I try to give them that. It is impossible to regret it and it couldn’t have turned out better.”

Fran Garcia spent two years at Rayo Vallecano before returning to Real Madrid this summer
© ProShots - Fran Garcia spent two years at Rayo Vallecano before returning to Real Madrid this summer

Real Madrid included a 50% sell-on clause when they offloaded Gutierrez to Girona, meaning they are able to buy him back for half the price of any other club. However, he isn’t particularly keen on a return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I don’t like to talk about the future since in football there are no plans,” he said. “I focus on the day to day, I am happy at Girona, the group is spectacular and I only think about working with this team, having a great year and we have a good squad to achieve it.”

“All the positive messages that arrive are good as long as you take them as motivation for the future. I think we are having a good year and everything that comes along will be a positive addition.”

Gutierrez has also been linked with a move to Arsenal as the Gunners eye a new left-back amid interest in Kieran Tierney.

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