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Asensio talks following Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo: “Madridistas have given me strength”



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Marco Asensio was the hero on Saturday night as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo by two goals at Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spanish striker was on point for the Merengues on the night, scoring one goal and providing an assist. Given a rare start, it is safe to say that he completely capitalised on his opportunity last night.

Asensio spoke to the media after his team’s win over the Galicians and first talked about the abundance of chances suddenly thrown his way in recent weeks. Unsurprisingly, he was jubilant about his renewed importance.

“I’m getting opportunities and I’m happy and enjoying it a lot. I’m playing consistently and that also helps a lot for my confidence. You can see the day-to-day work on the pitch and the passion of the Madrid supporters certainly helps. I’m delighted and eager to keep this form up.”

“The coach has put his faith in me and I’m making the most of the minutes I’m getting. I hope I can carry on like this because I enjoy being on the pitch. I’m pleased that things are coming off.”

He also threw words of appreciation for the fans in the stands who continued to cheer for him and talked about the ups and downs he has faced so far in his career.

“I’m proud because the fans appreciate what I do on the pitch. I’ve had some difficult moments and the madridistas have given me strength thanks to their support in the streets, on a day-to-day basis and also on social media. They know how I feel about this club, and being appreciated like this is comforting to me and inspires me to keep working as hard as I am doing.”

Asensio then threw some light on what Carlo Ancelotti expected of his players on the field, especially in the final third.

“The coach wants us to be dynamic on the pitch and switch positions a lot. I like to play between the lines and that’s where I do the most damage. Between Fede, myself and the full-back, Nacho today, we changed the positions a lot to prevent the defenders from finding a reference point. That helps the team to move and to exploit the spaces.”

Finally, the Spanish International did not hold back in criticising the pitch and revealed how he overcame the same to score the opener.

“The pitch wasn’t great, and I knew I had to connect cleanly with the ball. I didn’t want to sky it, so I hit it down and it bounced in.”

In light of the winger’s spectacular display last night, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano issues an update on his situation at the club. He revealed that Real Madrid and the player’s entourage are currently in talks over a new contract and both parties hope to reach an agreement in the coming weeks.

In 24 La Liga appearances so far this season, the 27-year-old has scored eight goals and provided five assists. Given that he averages less than 45 minutes per game, the numbers are staggering.

Asensio now has six goal contributions in his last seven appearances across all competitions and has netted in three of his last four games. It remains to be seen if he can break into Ancelotti’s regular starting XI for the coming fixtures with a good run of form behind him, especially with the UEFA Champions League semifinals quickly approaching.

Source: Real Madrid website

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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