Albiol to fight for Madrid place

Raul Albiol: The Real Madrid defender is determined to win his place in the team

Reported Liverpool, City and Arsenal target to fight for place

Real Madrid's Raul Albiol has dashed the hopes of Premier League clubs trying to sign him by committing his future to the Spanish giants.

The 26-year-old was a target for Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal over the summer, as they tried to add his defensive expertise to their backlines.

Albiol had fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho last year which had triggered the interest in his services from these suitors.

However, the Spain international has no intention of turning his back on the illustrious team from the Spanish capital.

He told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope: "The season is like a long-distance race. I haven't had many minutes in the early part of the season but I'm working hard to force the manager to pick me.

"It's a difficult challenge but nobody has spoken to me about leaving the club. Football is all about the present and we must work hard.

"Between now and December, there are a lot of games and I have to make sure I improve with every game."