It is not often that players represent both Barcelona and Real Madrid. Luis Figo’s move is talked about to this day. And yet, it looks like one La Masia graduate has not ruled out the prospect of a future move to Santiago Bernabeu, as he is enjoying the form of his life at 28 years of age, having joined Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.
Alejandro Grimaldo came through the youth ranks at Barcelona but never made a single senior appearance for the club. He would eventually join Benfica.
Grimaldo spent more than seven years at Benfica and joined Bayer Leverkusen this summer. Under the management of Xabi Alonso, he has established himself as arguably the most effective wing-back in world football.
Grimaldo’s numbers at Bayer Leverkusen are staggering and it is not hard to understand why he is already being linked with a big move away. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 8 goals and provided 6 assists in 17 appearances this season.
Former Barcelona player open to joining Real Madrid
Despite his Barcelona past, Grimaldo has not closed the door on a possible move to Real Madrid in the future but he is focused on Bayer Leverkusen right now. As reported by SPORT, he said in an interview with OK Diario:
"“Real Madrid is one of the best teams in the world, if not the best, and it is a team that every player wants to join, but at the moment I am at Bayer Leverkusen. I have been here for three months and everything is going great. We have to keep working and in the future we will see what happens.”"
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid do make a move for Grimaldo in the future. Interestingly, it is believed that they have their eyes set on Alonso as potentially the next manager of the club.
If Alonso did end up becoming the Real Madrid manager in the future, it would surely open the door to Grimaldo potentially joining the club. He certainly has proven himself under the Spaniard’s management already.
Real Madrid have been linked with Grimaldo. But most of the rumours regarding that position seem to revolve around Alphonso Davies.