Following widespread reports that Atletico Madrid were considering a recall of young right back Javi Manquillo after a largely frustrating season on loan with Liverpool, the La Liga club have today confirmed that the 21-year-old is indeed returning to Spain.
The promising young fullback made 19 appearances for Liverpool last season but never seemed particularly favoured by manager Brendan Rodgers, and the arrival of Nathaniel Clyne suggested year two would see a similar situation and perhaps even less playing time for Manquillo.
Based on the two-year loan deal agreed between the clubs, Liverpool would be owed a fee from Atletico for breaking the agreement a year early, though it may be that Liverpool did not see a future for Manquillo at the club and mutually agreed a termination. However, the terms of Manquillo’s loan do mean that it is entirely possible the La Liga side recalled him unilaterally.
Atlei’s announcement of the recall states that Manquillo’s future will be decided in the coming days, which could mean he will be given pre-season to impress for the La Liga club. It could also mean rumours of interest in Portugal are true and he’s about to head there.
Late in June, there were reports out of Portugal that suggested Benfica were targeting Manquillo, and it was at this point that rumours began to surface suggesting his loan could be cut short.