Anfield man on Bernabeu radar.
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Glen Johnson has paved the way for a possible move to Real Madrid from Liverpool in January by taking Spanish lessons.
Real boss Jose Mourinho has made a striker his priority in the transfer window but remains a keen admirer of the England right back, who cost Liverpool £18million from Portsmouth last year.
Liverpool would be happy to recoup that fee on the 26-year-old, and Johnson revealed he has been learning the language with a little help from teammates Fernando
Torres, Pepe Reina and Daniel Pacheco. ‘The Spaniards at Liverpool teach me a few words,’ said Johnson. ‘They’re not shy about correcting me, so it’s good that I can go away and practise and get feedback on my pronunciation.
‘In any walk of life it can be advantageous to learn languages. You never know what the future holds.
‘The typical English person doesn’t learn the language when they go to Spain or to speak to Spanish friends, expecting people to speak English to them. I don’t want to do that.
‘I think it can surprise people if you start speaking their language and they are not expecting it. It’s like a secret weapon.’ (Daily Mail)
If there is one player who has most typified Liverpool’s fall from grace this season then that player may well be England right back Glen Johnson. He has had some nightmare performances that are a far cry to some of his top notch displays last term. He has found himself out of position on an alarmingly regular basis and appear to have a few problems with distribution as well.
If Real Madrid do make a move for the former Portsmouth, Chelsea and West Ham man then I would still imagine Roy Hodgson will fight to keep the 26 year old as the simple fact is, Johnson has great ability and potential and that is precisely why Rafa forked out a rather large fee for his services.
Now that the ownership issue at the club appears to be getting cleaned up then maybe the Londoner will get back on his best game and perhaps the off field issues had affected his game. Either way the attack minded full back needs to start putting in consistent performances to retain his place as a regular starter in the national team and help repay the faith the club have shown him to bring him to the club from Pompey.