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Bayer Leverkusen star Alejandro Grimaldo reveals La Liga dream

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:30, 15 November 2023 | Updated: 9:59, 20 November 2023

Bayer Leverkusen left-back Alejandro Grimaldo has revealed a desire to one day play in La Liga.

Grimaldo, 28, came through Barcelona’s esteemed youth set-up but never represented their first team instead breaking through at Benfica from where he joined Bayer this summer.

However, the Lisbon powerhouse never received compensation as Grimaldo’s contract expired, their loss has been Die Werkself’s gain.

An ever-present under Xabi Alonso this season Grimaldo has only missed five minutes of Bundesliga action. To say he’s been productive would be an understatement.

The native of Valencia has bagged eight goals in all competitions to date with four of those coming from outside the box which is the most of any player in Europe’s five big leagues across all competitions this season.

He’s also created five more as Bayer Leverkusen heads the German championship through 11 matches played. Having received a first international call-up, and hoping to make his Spain debut, Grimaldo isn’t ruling out experiencing Spanish football’s top division in the future.

“I still have a lot of years ahead of me and I don’t know what the future holds. But yes, I would like to play in Spain in the future because it’s a league I’ve always said I want to play in, to play at home, but at the moment I’m very happy in Leverkusen. I am enjoying these months. I’ve only been here for a short time and I want to enjoy it even more,” he told Okdiario.

When asked if Real Madrid could be a potential destination Grimaldo added: “It is one of the best teams in the world, if not the best, and it is a team that every player wants to go to, but at the moment I am at Leverkusen. I’ve been here for three months and everything is going well. We have to keep working and we’ll see what happens in the future.”