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Marcos Asensio talks Real Madrid future, Barcelona links and Vinicius Jr

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Marco Asensio has suffered a rough start to the new season with Carlo Ancelotti barely giving him any playing time across all competitions. His future at the club is uncertain, with several reports saying that the club do not intend to renew his contract which expires next year.

He has only been on the pitch 54 minutes this season and is understandably frustrated with his situation at the club. At the same time, there have been shock links with arch-rivals Barcelona, who are seemingly interested due to his current contract situation.

In a recent interview with El Partidazo de Cope, he spoke about his future, the links to Barça and the events that unfolded in the last summer window.

On the rumours around his departure in the summer: “I had options but I never seriously thought for a moment that I wanted to leave Real Madrid.”

On Real Madrid fans: “I have a lot of respect for the Madrid fans at the Bernabéu, they are free to give their opinion.” 

On potentially joining Barcelona in the future: “I have not thought about it, I have not valued it. Right now, I can’t give you an answer.”

On being at Real Madrid: “I’m very happy at Real Madrid.”

On racist chants against Vinicius: “Racists are a minority, they don’t have to tarnish a hobby or a country.”

On Vinicius’ talent: “Vinicius is young & has a lot to learn. He motivates himself with that.”

On the status of his contract renewal: “Renewing at Real Madrid does not depend on me, it depends on many factors. I hope it can happen.” 

On Carlo Ancelotti: “Ancelotti is a great person & I’m delighted with him. I have no problem with him.”

On Barcelona’s interest in him: “I don’t know if Barça want me, many other clubs have come. This morning I had 200 messages. I am in a world where there are many rumours. 

“It’s normal because in January I can sign with any club and more will come out. We are in that circle that I cannot control.”

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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