Speaking in an interview with Radio MARCA, Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has opened up on his situation at the club, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old had looked set for an exit as a free agent at the end of the season, but has seemingly turned his situation around at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Indeed, recent reports have indicated that Real Madrid are now keen on handing him a renewal and tying him down to a new contract at the club.
Talking about the speculations, Asensio said: “There is talk that I am changing Real Madrid’s mind. But I’ve always tried to give the maximum I have inside me and then we’ll know. It’s also up to the club to decide, it’s not just up to me.
“After the World Cup, we’ll both make a decision. Do I want to renew? I hope it happens and that I can be very happy at Real Madrid for many years to come, I hope everything works out so that I can stay for another 10 years.”
Manager Carlo Ancelotti had been hard on Asensio at the start of the 2022/23 campaign, hardly using him in matches. But that changed in the weeks before the World Cup break, with the winger seeing increased involvement.
Opening up on his relationship with the Italian tactician, Asensio said: “He hasn’t told me that it’s too cold at Real Madrid. He has a lot of confidence in me and I’m focused on the World Cup.”
The 26-year-old also spoke about his Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, who was recently ruled out of the World Cup after injuring his thigh.
“I send him all my encouragement and support from here. These are things that happen in football and it has weighed on him not to be able to reach 100%. He was very excited about this World Cup,” Asensio said.
During the interview, Asensio was also quizzed about his statements regarding former teammate Sergio Ramos wanting him to be given more responsibilities by using the metaphor of putting more stones into his teammate’s backpack.
“That is a thing of the past. I’m ready for whatever comes, to be given responsibilities. The team and the players, even though they’re young, have a lot of self-confidence and the desire to give their best. Those of us who have already played in the World Cup will try to bring experience, but we will also learn from the younger players.”
In the recent past, Asensio made statements about him being open to the possibility of joining Barcelona in the future. It has given way to speculations that the Catalans are tracking him and could look to sign the winger on a Bosman deal in the summer.
Talking about his statement about Barcelona, the Spanish international said: “I was interpreted in many ways, like that of the stones and the backpack, I just said that I was comfortable at Real Madrid.”
Asensio has been part of several trophy-winning sides at Real Madrid and has seen the club make some historic remontadas during that time. Talking about the club’s ability to mount a comeback from the unlikeliest of situations, he said:
“There may be some explanation such as seeing the moment or taking advantage of the opponent’s weakness, but especially the Bernabeu.”
Spain have been drawn in the same group as Costa Rica, Germany and Japan. Asensio will thus come up against his former Real Madrid teammate Keylor Navas when they face Costa Rica in the opener later this week.
The veteran goalkeeper had recently appeared on Radio MARCA and said that he wished the best for Asensio. Responding to that, the winger said:
“What a great guy! I want to give him a little treat… I wish him all the best from Thursday because he is a top person.”
Talking about his call-up to the Spain squad for the World Cup, he said: “Yes. I am very happy to be here. It is a goal that I had for a long time and it is a joy to be here. I have worked a lot with my club. Luis Enrique has given me the opportunity, I have taken advantage of it and now I’m happy and looking forward to starting.”
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.