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Marco Asensio at the bottom of the attacking pecking order at Real Madrid – report

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With Marco Asensio finding himself in the midst of a contract dispute with Real Madrid, it comes as no surprise why he has played a measly 17 mins of football in all competitions this season.

However, a fresh update suggests that the reasons behind his lack of time on the pitch stem deeper, with the Spanish international simply not being fancied by Carlo Ancelotti.

As per the latest information provided by ABC Deportes (h/t Madrid Zone), Asensio is last on the pecking orders of wingers at Los Blancos, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Federico Valverde and Vinicius Jr. above him.

Despite the ex-Mallorca star once looking destined to reach the top, his stock has plummeted over the years. Injury woes coupled with a lack of consistency have meant the 26-year-old is not held in high regard in the Spanish capital.

While Asensio scored an impressive 10 goals in La Liga last season, the fact that he received a mere 19 starts indicates that his all-round performances have failed to justify his place as a regular fixture in the side.

With Vinicius Jr. staking his claim for being arguably one of the best wideman in the world, Valverde coming into his own on the right wing, Rodrygo’s ability to come up clutch and Hazard’s inherent quality, it is impossible to make a case for why Asensio starts ahead of any of his peers.

In the European champions’ previous encounter against Real Betis as well, Rodrygo ultimately scored the winner, while Valverde came off the bench to set up the Brazilian.

As Asensio fails to make a case for how he provides superior value ahead of his competitors out wide, it is only natural that Ancelotti looks elsewhere for a moment of magic. Inevitably, the Spaniard will likely depart the club on a free transfer next summer.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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