La Liga giants Real Madrid's long wait to return back to the Santiago Bernabeu may yet take longer and it could see them adopt a surprising home ground for some time, Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano.
In the latest stage of Madrid's "Operation Return to the Bernabeu", Los Blancos have enquired about playing at the home ground of Atletico in order to accommodate between 20,000 and 30,000 fans returning to stadiums next season onwards.
The Santiago Bernabeu stadium has not been used since March 2, 2020 and Real's current stadium, the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano will not be able to host many fans due to it's smaller capacity, thus forcing Los Blancos' hand at requesting Atletico to share their home ground temporarily.
Marca report that both Madrid clubs have great internal relations and that Atletico will allow Real to play at the Metropolitano until the Bernabeu is fully renovated.
"Let us be clear that we are at Real Madrid's disposition," said Enrique Cerezo after the return of LaLiga Santander after the first lockdown in Spain last year.
The report further states that the Blancos are aiming to return to the Santiago Bernabeu between September and October this year and have thus asked LaLiga to adjust the calendar at the start of the 2021-22 domestic season which could see Madrid playing as many away matches as possible when the leagues begin in the middle of August.
The Santiago Bernabeu has seen swift work done on renovations in the last 15 months as the stadium has remained closed, thus allowing workers to go about their work pretty fast, but the fact that Madrid are losing out on a lot of money, something that they need to recover via ticket sales and hence, the to move to Atletico's stadium is now being deemed a necessity until their own stadium's renovation is complete.