Rangers face Real Madrid on Sunday evening as the two clubs work through their preseason schedules.
The match is getting big coverage across the Spanish media, and much of that is focused on Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
AS call Gerrard ‘Mr Liverpool’ and they have an article focusing on him twice turning down a move to Real Madrid.
According to the report, Los Blancos were insistent with their interest, both in 2005 and 2009.
Despite not always having an idyllic relationship with those in charge at Anfield, and despite being tempted by a move to Real Madrid, Gerrard in the end decided to stay at Liverpool on both occasions.
Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s president, was behind both attempts, but on the first occasion, in 2005, he thought Liverpool’s demands were excessive, so that could have killed the deal even if Gerrard had pushed for the move.
AS say Liverpool were asking for €45m plus Ruben de la Red, Alvaro Arbeloa and Javi Garcia, considered to be too much.