Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic has laughed off suggestions he could be dumped out on loan – just two months after his £62million arrival.
Jovic, 21, joined Los Blancos in a big-money deal from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer.
The Serbia international enjoyed a magnificent 2018-19 campaign in Germany, notching 27 goals.
That saw Madrid move to take him to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Jovic has begun the season on the bench under Zinedine Zidane.
He was used as a late substitute in the weekend win over Celta Vigo.
But already Jovic has had to deal with suggestions that he could be sent out on loan before the close of the European transfer window.
AC Milan have been linked with a potential switch, but Jovic has insisted he’s heading nowhere.
“[Zidane] believes in me and his story has not changed during this time as we work together,” Jovic told Novosti .
“I am learning from him day by day, which I am very pleased with, because he, as a player and as a coach, is at the very top of world football.”
He added: “[The media] always make me laugh. [They] will always deal with such stories [about me leaving Real Madrid ].
“I have been used to all kinds of comments since the beginning of my senior career, I have come to terms with the fact that there can always be those comments. Time will tell what is true.
“I’m ready to give the maximum and offer everything I can. I don’t even expect to play all of the games right away.
“However, through work and effort, I will reach my goal. I am pleased with the way the [club] have accepted me, I wish I could have scored at the start, but I am in no hurry. I know my [time] will come.
“It takes time to adjust to the club, the players, the style of play itself.
“I prefer to constantly contribute to my team and grow with it than to shine in a few games without me being anywhere. Each of us is different, adapting in different ways.”