Kondogbia 'delighted' to hear Real Madrid rumours

The Sevilla midfielder is thrilled to hear reports linking him with a move to the Spanish capital, but insists his current focus is firmly on developing in Andalusia
Sevilla star Geoffrey Kondogbia says he is delighted that Real Madrid are reportedly following his progress.

The France Under-20 international has been linked to a number of European sides since moving from Lens to Sevilla in 2012, and admitted earlier this year that to play for los Blancos would be to realise a childhood dream as rumours of Madrid's interest began to surface.

However, Kondogbia maintains his current focus is on continuing his development in Andalusia despite interest from the capital club.

"I'm delighted [over Madrid reports] but my feet are firmly on the ground and I know I need to improve a lot," the 20-year-old told a press conference.

"They're a great team, like others, but I am very happy at Sevilla. We'll see [what happens] after the World Cup [in 2014]."

The holding midfielder also denied that friend Raphael Varane, who established himself in the Blancos first team last season, has been trying to persuade him to join the Liga giants.

"I talk to Varane a lot, but not about that," he continued. "We're friends. He hasn't tried to convince me."

Both Arsenal and Inter have also been linked with a move for Kondogbia in the past year.