KEY POINTS

  • Marcus Rashford has opened up about his desire to play abroad
  • Rashford admitted he would love to play for clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid
  • Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously said the English striker may stay in England

A Manchester United star has revealed his hidden desire to play for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Based on past testimonials from Manchester United high-ups, it seems like Marcus Rashford is destined to be a Red Devil for a very long time. However, the English striker recently admitted that aside from Manchester United, he also fancies representing a world-famous club outside England.

In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, Rashford shockingly name-dropped Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid as two of the clubs he would like to be a part of if given a chance to play abroad.

“I would never say no,” Rashford said about the possibility of playing outside the English Premier League. “Other than [Manchester] United? I’m a big fan of Real Madrid and Barcelona, because they’ve always had great players and played attractive football.”

“Everybody watches Real Madrid and Barcelona,” he added.

Rashford further admitted that at this point, there are still countries he wants “to learn more about.”

“When I was growing up, learning a language wasn’t deemed important in school. There wasn’t that expectation on you. Football has given me the opportunity to travel to different countries, and you have certain countries you like and want to learn more about, and learning a language is definitely a part of that,” he said.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on February 21, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Photo: Getty Images/Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA

Since turning pro in 2015, Rashford has been with Manchester United. Over time, he has become so attached to the city and has done great things for his country in recent times.

This has made Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced that Rashford will likely choose to stay and achieve more in England.

"It has been fantastic to follow Marcus [Rashford] throughout the lockdown period," Solskjaer told BBC Sport last summer. "It's not only that he got the Prime Minister to change his mind, but also what he's done over the last few months. He is a top human being who has brought his own experiences as a kid into this conversation."

"[Rashford] is using his position as a role model at Manchester United, one of the biggest names in the country, to affect people in a good way," the manager added. "We're really proud of him and his family must be so proud of what he has achieved. He is a future leader, a future captain, maybe, of England, Manchester United, who knows?"

Despite his recent potential transfer admission, Rashford’s current deal with Manchester United will not expire until summer 2023.