Marco Asensio has confirmed he received offers from Barcelona and other clubs before eventually joining Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old joined Los Blancos in 2014 in a deal from Real Mallorca, but only made his debut last year following season-long loan stints at the Islanders and Espanyol.
“There was an option to sign for Barcelona and other teams before I moved to Madrid,” Asensio told Cadena Cope.
“I’m so proud to play for this club not just because of who they are, but for what they have done for me personally, also I love the fans and they have been fantastic.
“I’ve been kicking a football since I was three years old and this was always my dream, but I’ve often felt like giving up.
“Real Mallorca signed me when I was a nine-year-old, but it was my parents who decided but every boy has dreams.
“Zidane? I’ve a very strong relationship with him, he makes his decisions with authority and gets them right.
“Neymar’s move to PSG? We all thought it was strange that Barcelona could not keep him but he is a great player and will be fantastic for them.
“Favourites for the Champions League? Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, PSG.