Liga - Illarramendi to Bilbao dependent on Champions League progression

Asier Illarramendi could leave Real Madrid for Athletic Bilbao if the Basque club qualify for the Champions League group stage.

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Espanyol's midfielder Abraham (L) vies with Real Madrid's midfielder Asier Illarramendi (R) during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs RCD Espanyol

Athletic play Napoli on Wednesday nigth in the second leg of the group stage play-off, the first leg in Italy finishing in a 1-1 draw.

Marca have reported that with Sami Khedira staying at Madrid there may not be a place for Illarra, although Carlo Ancelotti would prefer the former Real Sociedad midfielder to stay.

Ernesto Valverde is still looking for a midfielder to replace Ander Herrera, who joined Manchester United, and if Athletic reach the group stage they will try to convince Illarra to sign in at San Mames.

It has previously been reported that Illarra would make a loan move to Athletic and that he had wanted to remain at Santiago Bernabeu.

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