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The Spanish defender is hopeful that he will make his country's final squad for Poland and Ukraine, while saying he does not want to leave the Santiago Bernabeu

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Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol has declared that he has no interest in departing the club in the summer.

Spanish sources have suggested that the 26-year-old may leave the Santiago Bernabeu after a season in which he featured infrequently, with only 17 appearances in all competitions.

"It is clear that I like being at Madrid and that I want to continue, but if the club do not have the same opinion, then they have to tell me this," he told reporters. "There is still a lot left for the next season. We will see.

"What is clear is that I am a player of Madrid now. I was happy to see coach Jose Mourinho say that he counts on all the players for the next season."

Albiol is part of Spain's provisional squad for Euro 2012 ahead of the friendlies against Serbia and South Korea, and his chances of making the final 23-man party have been boosted by Carles Puyol's injury.

"I will try to take advantage of these training sessions and these friendlies for the coach to see that I am well and that I can be at the Euros, which is what everyone here wants to do," he noted.

"You never lose hope, but if you do not play for your club, it is clear that you will not make it.

"But there is always hope, and Puyol's injury has opened one door. But I have to prove that I am at a good level.

"It is clear that I would have liked to play more, but I am doing well and I did not suffer any injuries. I will try to take advantage of this opportunity."