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Real Madrid misfit being eyed by several clubs over 2023 free transfer – Romano

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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.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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