While it has been as good as confirmed for a few months now, Real Madrid have been officially crowned champions of La Liga for the 2021/22 season win their incredible 4-0 win over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu.
An in-form Rodrygo opened the scoring for Madrid tonight with a brace in the first half. Marco Asensio added fuel to the fire in the 55th minute. The fourth goal came from Karim Benzema, assisted by Vinicius Jr, as has been customary this season.
The duo have been the protagonists of Madrid’s season alongside Luka Modric and Thibaut Courtois. Benzema has contributed with 26 goals and 11 assists, while Vinicius has registered a superb 14 goals and nine assists.
With the win, they have reached 81 points, and could potentially finish on 93 points for the season, the joint-highest since 2017/18 when Barcelona won the league with a 14 point gap.
More importantly, Carlo Ancelotti has become the first-ever coach to win the league in all top five leagues in Europe — Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and now La Liga.
That said, Los Blancos might have more in their season treasure chest as they take on Manchester City in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
The aggregate score stands at 4-3 in favour of the Premier League outfit, but the return leg is at Santiago Bernabeu. A lot changes in the heart of Madrid.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
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.