Alexander Sørloth’s struggles at Crystal Palace convinced the Eagles to allow him go out on loan and he joined Trabzonspor on a temporary deal last summer.

The striker has impressed for the Turkish club this season, scoring 24 goals and managing six assists in all competitions.

Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu repeatedly reiterates his side have an option to make the Norway international’s transfer permanent.

Over the past couple of days, there have been rumours about Real Madrid interest in the 24-year-old.

There weren’t any credible reports, especially from Spain, which is why we decided not to give any importance to these claims. However, it hasn’t stopped people from asking Sørloth about these rumours.

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“I sat in the dressing room and checked the phone before a match. I saw that there was a lot of activity in boys’ group on Snapchat. Then I saw the article about the rumours,” Sørloth told podcast Rasmus and Saga, as relayed by Dagbladet.

“It was a bit special to see it before I went out to play a match. You just have to use it for what you can, it builds self-confidence.”

Sørloth also made it clear that there has been no approach from Real Madrid.

“No. I’ve heard as much as you. I haven’t heard anything directly, no. You don’t know if there is truth in it or not. It’s nice to be linked and it just builds on the self-confidence, which is already OK,” he added.

The attacker’s loan deal with Trabzonspor is until the end of next season, but there have been suggestions in England that Roy Hodgson’s side should bring him back to Selhurst Park in the summer. Sørloth, however, admitted he hasn’t heard anything from Crystal Palace.