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Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has said he turned down the chance to move to rivals Real Madrid in the summer. 

The Frenchman enjoyed a superb 2018 FIFA World Cup for his country, excelling at left-back in the team that went on to clinch glory in Russia. With Atletico he’s also shown he can operate as a right-back and a centre-back.

According to the player, he attracted the interest of Real last summer, but he made it clear he wouldn’t cross the city divide, per Radio Monte Carlo (h/t AS).

“My agent told me about it,” said Lucas. “When he said there was an opportunity to go to Real Madrid, I told him I couldn’t do that. Atletico are my club, a team who have given me everything. I’m an honest person and I couldn’t go to Madrid. I hope I can stay here for a very long time, but football moves very fast. If an offer comes in that I can’t refuse…”

      

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