The story of Marco Asensio’s decline at Real Madrid is gutting, to say the least. The Spaniard was touted to be the next big thing in Los Blancos’ forward trident but has quickly seen himself consigned to oblivion.
There was a cloud of uncertainty around the winger’s future throughout the summer transfer window but it ultimately resulted in him staying at the Bernabeu. However, it was clear by the beginning of September that the European champions had no intention of renewing his contract.
According to Fabrizio Romano, some clubs are already exploring the possibility of signing Asensio as a free agent for next summer. The player’s current deal with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2023, after which he is set to leave the club.
The 26-year-old has found it difficult to see minutes this term and finds himself below Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes, Eden Hazard and Federico Valverde in the pecking order. He has only played eight minutes in La Liga this season and just over half an hour in the UCL.
Earlier this week, he shut his critics with a fine goal against RB Leipzig in the Champions League. While his quality has never been in doubt, his demands for a salary raise are what broke his relationship with the Real Madrid board.
Asensio is expected to start on the bench for the Madrid Derby later today and it remains to be seen if he is given any minutes. Nevertheless, he has been called up for the Spain national team duty during the break and he will look to make a strong impression under Luis Enrique.
As things stand, though, Asensio’s time at Real Madrid could come to an end next year, with several clubs already snooping around to land him a free transfer in the summer of 2023.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.