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Ancelotti blocked Real Madrid forward’s exit despite four big clubs interested

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Real Madrid’s Supercopa win over Athletic Bilbao won them their first silverware of the season but came at a cost. Marco Asensio suffered a muscular injury during the very next training session and was ruled out for three weeks at least.

It was a big blow for Ancelotti’s plans as the forward had been in red hot form for the team. Though Asensio does not offer much in terms of building up, his ability to score goals out of nothing is an asset for the manager.

It only took 17 days for the Spanish international to return to action. Against Granada, he played the entire 90 minutes and recorded six shots on target. Moreover, it was his otherworldly strike that won his team the game.

According to reports from Diario AS (h/t theMadridZone), four clubs tried to sign Asensio last summer, but Ancelotti stopped his departure immediately because he wanted the youngster to be part of his setup.

Now, the 26-year-old has an advantage over other wingers in the team. AS report that he will now be a consistent and undisputed name in the team’s lineups.

In 18 league appearances this season, the former Mallorca man has scored six goals for Los Blancos. Moreover, he has created a big chance and averages one key pass every 90 minutes.

The worrying aspect of his game has been his inconsistency. While he comes up clutch on certain nights, most of his performances this season have been poor in terms of involvement in the game.

With Villarreal and PSG up next, Asensio will have to up his game to stay involved in the team dynamics.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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