Out-of-favour Real Madrid forward Javier Saviola has pleaded with coach Juande Ramos to give him an opportunity to shine at the Bernabeu. The diminutive Argentine striker has struggled to impress the Madridistas since moving from arch-rivals Barcelona in summer 2007, scoring just four league goals. And he was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League during the winter transfer window, with Portsmouth, Tottenham and Liverpool all rumoured to be interested in the man nicknamed 'The Bunny'. But, speaking to Real's official website, Saviola says he is desperate to prove his doubters wrong in the Spanish capital, and score the goals to close the gap on Barcelona at the top of La Liga, as well as disposing of Liverpool in the Champions League last 16. "I spoke to [Ramos] a while ago and told him how I felt about my situation," he said. "I asked him what his plans were and told him that it would probably be better for me to look for another team if he wasn't going to count on me. "I came close to leaving, but the matter was then handled by the club. They didn't reach any agreements and I stayed. "It is tough when you do not play for a long time and you love football as much as I do. I like to help. It's tough, but being a professional you know this can happen. "I hope I get a chance to play in this new phase the team is having. I think I'm training well to be readily available for the coach. I just want to play and I would love to at this club. I would also love to play somewhere else if I can't here. "It is tough when you haven't played in a long time. I want to think about the situation I am in and either find a new club or remain here."
21 February 2009
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