Wolves Star Reveals Real Madrid Were After Him During The Summer
It may sound just a tad implausible, but a Championship striker was sought after by Real Madrid over the summer, with the La Liga and European champions failing with three bids for the player.
Wolverhampton Wanderers' new arrival Rafa Mir has revealed that he could have been playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Luka Modric this season had former club Valencia not refused to sell to Los Blancos during last summer's transfer window.
The runaway Championship leaders brought the Spanish striker on board from Los Che for an undisclosed fee, signing Mir to a four-and-a-half year deal.
Mir would have been out of contract at the Mestalla in the summer, which meant he could have been signed for free if Wolves had wanted to wait until then to bring him to Molineaux, but instead the Midlands club pushed ahead with the deal.
:wolf: :open_mouth: Rafa Mir for Valencia's B team this season...- The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) January 3, 2018
- Games: 19
- Goals: 15
Despite being chased by Real Madrid for 8 months, Wolves are on the verge of making another huge signing.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes does it again!#WWFC pic.twitter.com/ukE7Tf0jRD
WOW!! Real Madrid have been chasing Rafa Mir for the last 8 months and he's joined..... WOLVERHAMPTON!- Sripad (@falsewinger) January 2, 2018
Yet the 20-year-old could have been plying his trade with the champions of Spain and Europe.
Speaking to Radio Valencia Cadena SER, Mir said, via Four Four Two, "They rejected three or four offers from Real Madrid for me; however, they agreed to the first from Wolves in December. Valencia did not want me to go to Madrid and they did it.
"I left Valencia because I wanted an ambitious project where I could grow and be trusted and there I did not see it."
Mir also denied that Los Che had made several attempts to keep him in Valencia, instead insisting that the La Liga giants only ever made him one renewal offer before he left.
"Valencia only made me one renewal offer this summer.
"That they had been trying to renew with me for a year is a lie."
Mir made his debut as a substitute during Wolves' 0-0 draw against Swansea City in the FA Cup third round, this past weekend.
I'm very happy just playing today with wolves and feeling the great atmosphere of the Molineux Stadium. Thanks to all the fans and see you in the next match! :wolf::nine::large_orange_diamond::black_medium_square: pic.twitter.com/KwBVBuyq2b- Rafa Mir (@RafaMir33) January 6, 2018
During his time with Valencia, the 20-year-old forward scored 15 goals in 19 appearances for Valencia Mestalla in Segunda Division B.
Wolves' boss Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping Mir can transfer that form to The Championship and hopefully the Premier League, next season.
(H/T Four Four Two)
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