Top of the league and sailing Real Madrid could have barely dreamt of a better start to their La Liga defence. Smoother, surely, but all’s well that ends well.
They have cruised past Almeria, Celta Vigo, and mostly recently Espanyol, scoring a league-high eight goals so far.
After three away games on the trot, Real Madrid will finally get the chance to open the doors to the new Santiago Bernabeu as they host Real Betis on Saturday.
Betis are the only other team with a perfect record in the league this term, but one or both of them will have to compromise tomorrow.
Heading into the game, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is reinforced by Nacho’s services who missed the Espanyol outing.
Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriozola are still out injured, but Lucas Vazquez and Daniel Carvajal are both included in the squad.
The rest of the squad is available for the game, with all eyes on Karim Benzema, who has three goals and an assist to his name already. Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz, who were linked with deadline day exits but stayed, are also part of the squad.
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.