Marco Asensio has not done much wrong during his time at Real Madrid. While his consistency can be questioned, there is little doubt that he is a player who can produce goals out of nothing.
Yet, Real Madrid are close to sealing the player’s move away from Santiago Bernabeu and Asensio can blame no one but himself for his situation. After all, it was his stubbornness on a pay raise that created a rift between the two parties.
Asensio is in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were interested in renewing his contract, but he demanded a raise in wage which the club refused to provide. Now, the pressure is on the Spanish champions to sell the player and recoup some funds from his departure.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Los Blancos have set a price tag of €30 million (£25 million) for Asensio as Premier League clubs line up to sign him. Arsenal and Liverpool headline the list of interested parties, but some interest has been noted from Manchester United too.
However, the most recent addition and perhaps the most convincing option is AC Milan. The Italian side almost assures the player of a regular starting role. It is said that their project could convince him to even take a pay cut to make the move possible.
During his tenure with the reigning champions of Spain and Europe, Asensio has played 235 games and won the domestic title thrice. In the 2021/22 season, he made 31 league appearances and scored ten goals.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.