Barcelona loanee Carles Alena doesn't rule out future arch rival Real Madrid move
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The midfielder left Barca last week.

Now he has already shocked the fans.

Real Betis midfielder Carles Alena has risked upsetting fans of Barcelona by refusing to rule out a future move to Real Madrid. The central midfielder joined Los Verdiblancos on a loan deal until the end of the season after not obtaining a great deal of playing time at the Camp Nou, and would not rule out a move to fierce El Clasico rivals Madrid.

“A lot of things can happen in football, you never know,” Alena explained to Cadena Ser when asked directly if he would join Madrid. “Obviously they are a rival and I have been a Barcelona fan all my life, so it would be tough, but have been taught that you never say never because so many things go on in the game.

“But obviously they are a big rival and I have never been a Madrid fan.”

The 21-year-old La Masia youth graduate made 27 first-team appearances for the club last season after being promoted from their B team. However, the central midfielder has been frozen out of action for Ernesto Valverde’s team this summer and had not featured since the opening day of the season – a 1-0 loss at Athletic Club Bilbao.

Last month saw Alena more heavily involved – he came off the bench at Real Mallorca before playing the full game at Inter Milan. He played the first half of that match before being substituted off but has struggled to feature since, with the club well stocked with central midfielders.



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