Fernando Gago has said he is open to remaining at Roma but admitted Real Madrid will ultimately decide where his future lies.
The Argentina international joined Roma on loan from Real in 2011 and he is scheduled to return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of this season.
Gago is keen to extend his stay at the Stadio Olimpico and Roma are confident of agreeing a deal with Real for the midfielder, but negotiations are a long way from being concluded.
“I have no problem (with remaining at Roma) but that does not depend only on me,” he told VoceGiallorossa.it. “There are two other parties involved: Roma and Real.”
Whether he ends up signing a permanent deal with Roma or not, Gago is desperate to help Luis Enrique’s side qualify for next season’s Champions League by finishing third in Serie A.
“Mathematically, we can do it and must seize this opportunity,” the former Boca Juniors man said.
“There are still eight games left and we must take one match at a time. I have played in the Champions League and I know how important it is.”
Roma are sixth in Serie A, four points behind third-placed Lazio ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Lecce.