After a recent revelation made by Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany, where he confirmed that the Catalan team will now poach free agents in the summer of 2023, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has claimed that one of those targets would be a certain Marco Asensio.
Asensio, 26, has fallen way down the pecking order in Carlo Ancelotti’s blueprint, and it is more than evident that the team from the capital city will have no problem in parting ways with the winger.
Asensio’s current deal with Real Madrid runs until June 2023, and there has been no movement from the Madrid team with regard to a potential renewal. On the contrary, they even tried to get rid of him this summer and they will continue to do so next year.
As it turns out, the 26-year-old’s current situation is proving to be a blessing in disguise for the Catalan team. As MD claims, Asensio is someone who ‘Xavi really likes’. In fact, there were reports that he was a target for Barcelona well before he signed for Madrid.
And now, the team from Catalunya are expected to open the doors yet again after the player himself admitted that he would not hesitate to sign for his current team’s arch-rivals next season as all he wants is to play regular first-team football.
It’s important to note that the future of Asensio as a Real Madrid player was thrown into air during the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old, represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes asked his representatives to find him a top club, but lack of suitors forced him to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
As of today, while Barcelona’s interest remains persistent, the player’s representatives have denied the fact that there has been any contact between the concerned parties.
So, for now, Asensio can only hope to gain as many minutes as he can this season, and once the season is dusted, he will want to sign for a team that fulfils all of his desires.
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.