The life of a loanee can be a sad and lonely one, a tale of unrequited love and the realisation that you’re just not as good as you’d hoped. Just ask Real Madrid’s Dennis Cheryshev.
The Russian winger is currently on loan at Villareal having come through the youth system at the Bernabeu. It appears that he has been deemed surplus to requirements, with the 24-year-old enduring his second spell on loan in as many seasons.
His first spell was at Sevilla, but Cheryshev failed to impress with Los Rojiblancos failing to take up their option of a permanent deal. Cheryshev was swiftly loaned out to Villareal with the club being afforded the same option as Sevilla. It appears Cheryshev has been told that he ‘Moscow’.
Incredibly original Eastern European puns aside, this is where Cheryshev’s story begins to pull on the heart strings.
Having joined Real Madrid as a promising twelve-year-old, the Russian has maintained a special affinity with the club. Despite the uncertainty of his future, Cheryshev’s love of Los Blancos has endured the tumultuous times, so much so that Cheryshev, now representing Villareal, continues to wear his Real Madrid shinguards underneath his socks when playing for the Yellow Submarine.
Like a pre-pubescent teenager, Cheryshev’s infatuation with his first love is something that he cannot let go of. In a footballing world full of disloyal, financially motivated footballers, hisdevotion to Real Madrid C.F. is a welcome reprieve.
Cheryshev’s tale of one man and his beloved shinguards evokes memories of Tom Hanks’ on-screen love for ‘Wilson’ when he was ‘Cast Away’. The question remains, will Cheryshev return home one day?