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Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde wants to extend his stay at Deportivo La Coruna after his loan spell finishes at the end of the season.
The Uruguay international joined Depor on a season-long loan deal in June, with the club not holding an option to buy him.
Valverde, in his first La Liga campaign, has made six league appearances for Depor, including four starts.
“The step I’ve taken to come to Depor is a big one,” the 19-year-old told La Voz de Galicia. “This is no ordinary club. I want to make the most of this opportunity. Although it’s early on, if given the chance and Madrid accepts, I would like to stay here for more years.
“I’m very happy, I’ve adapted well.”
Valverde scored three goals in 30 appearances for Real’s Castilla team last season, helping them finish 11th in Spain’s third division, and is delighted to be playing in La Liga.
“It’s been an enormous change, from playing in Segunda B to the top flight,” he said. “But I know I have to remain humble because if I don’t, I will lose my spot in the team.”
Real paid Uruguayan club Penarol a reported €5 million for Valverde in May 2015, and he has a contract at the Bernabeu until June 2021.
Valverde knows breaking into Real’s first team is not realistic right now.
“Real Madrid have the best players in the world,” he said. “They are winning everything with them and as a Real Madrid player, I’m happy about that although I’m also aware that it makes it more difficult [for young players to get playing time]. Things take time.”
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.