Manchester City loanee Pedro Porro continues to do very well in Portugal, where he was just elected the Defender of the Month for September, in a vote among managers.

So as the 22-year-old continues drawing attention, newspaper A Bola featured an interview on Tuesday with his grandfather. Among the many things he had to say about the player, he made it clear he wouldn’t like his grandson to sign for Real Madrid.

“They are always calling me from the Spanish press to try to find out something. I’ll be honest: I’d like him to stay at least another year at Sporting,” Antonio Sauceda told A Bola.

“It’d be good for Sporting, who have a system that identifies with him. Interest from Real Madrid? Never! I prefer Sporting! Men are men, women are women and I’m from Futbol Club Barcelona. In fact, I was of what Barcelona used to do, not now. It hurts the way they are playing. I have no feeling for Real. If he goes to Madrid, his grandfather will go to Madrid, but I’m not of Real.

“I like Atlético Madrid. Simeone has a mindset that I like. He has two big huevos [laughs]! They play and run like never before. I think it’d be good for Pedro. Of course I liked the Barcelona of Xavi, Iniesta, Messi… but that intelligence no longer exists in the team. Let’s see, he won’t stay at Sporting forever, right? If anyone signed him, I’d like it to be Atlético Madrid.”

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Well, those quotes of course did the rounds in the Spanish media last night, especially because Porro’s good spell at Sporting saw him linked with a move to Real Madrid not long ago. So on his social media, the player has now had to dismiss his grandpa’s comments.

“I’m getting a lot of information that my grandfather has said that his grandson would never play for Real Madrid. I doubt that my grandfather said that.

“Given this ‘news’, I want to clarify that Real Madrid is one of the best teams in the world, any player would like to play for Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona or any team this big. Playing in one of those teams is a dream for any footballer.

“In any case, right now I am playing for the Portuguese champions, who are a great team, and the only thing that worries me at the moment is to continue adding titles with Sporting.”

Pedro Porro was loaned by Manchester City to Sporting in 2020, and that loans lasts until next summer. The Lions have the chance to make the move permanent for €8.5m, and according to many reports from Portugal, it’s just a matter of time until they do so.