Asier Illarramendi may get lost in the shuffle at Real Madrid. At 23-year-old arrived from Real Sociedad last summer amid plenty of expectation and satisfaction; rather than ‘Galacticos,’ supporters of the club want to see young, Spanish players in the team. But with Xabi Alonso’s contract renewal, Luka Modric’s excellent form, the return of Sami Khedira next season, and the more than likely arrival of another midfielder, Illarramendi may see his playing time limited.
He was said to be on Arsenal’s radar last year before the move to Madrid, and would still represent an excellent buy for the club. Illarramendi is exactly the type of player capable of taking over from Mikel Arteta.