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Out-of-favour Real Madrid forward hoping to earn a new contract with the club



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With the World Cup just around the corner, Marco Asensio would undoubtedly have liked to be a bigger part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at Real Madrid heading into the second month of the season.

Be it for his contractual issues or the availability of better options, he has faced a serious dearth of minutes this season.

However, according to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Spaniard is not fazed by his situation at the club. Rather, he still hopes to earn a spot, prove his worth and fight for a contract extension with Real Madrid this year.

Earlier this week, Asensio spoke out about his situation and said that a new contract was not in his hands. “Renewing at Real Madrid does not depend on me, it depends on many factors. I hope it can happen,” he had said.

Moreover, he was vocal throughout the interview about his desire to represent Los Blancos and be an integral part of the manager’s plans.

Asensio is in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid and will be a free agent come June. Surprisingly, Barcelona are on the list of parties interested in his signing alongside Manchester United and AC Milan.

This season, the winger has stayed on the bench in four of the team’s six league games. In the remaining matches too, he has just come on as a substitute for the closing minutes of the game.

Given Ancelotti’s long list of forward options, it is probably in the best interest of both parties to part ways. Yet, one knows that Asensio can be a great asset when in form and that he deserves to play for Real Madrid if he can prove himself.

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Real Madrid not worried about Bellingham’s knee injury, Dortmund asking for €150 million



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Heading into the 2023 summer transfer window, Real Madrid had one main priority on their minds – signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund amidst interest from several other parties involved.

With Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool also chasing his signature, Madrid knew it was going to take a lot more than just a €120 million offer and a blank cheque to convince Bellingham.

Eventually, it seems the player’s desire to join Madrid came through. He rejected advances from the Premier League, and eventually chose the defending Champions League winners as his next home.

There are certainly doubts with the transfer, though, as there would be, with any €120 million signing. With this transfer, it is Bellingham’s knee troubles. The Englishman might have to undergo surgery to treat his knee, and is also expected to miss England’s EURO 2024 qualifiers.

A knee surgery at the age of 19 would, and probably should be a scary prospect for any player and club. Real Madrid, though, are not worried, as per a report by SPORT1.

They want him to form a ‘royal midfield’ quadrant with Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde.

The transfer is expected to close next week, as Borussia Dortmund advanced negotiations with Real Madrid after losing the Bundesliga title on the final matchday.

The two club presidents, Hans-Joachim Watzke and Florentino Perez, have a ton of mutual respect for one another, and want the transfer to be closed promptly so both clubs can move forward with the rest of the transfer window.

For Dortmund, that means finding a replacement for Bellingham, and reinforcing their squad to challenge for the Bundesliga title next season. For Madrid, meanwhile, it would mean finding Karim Benzema’s replacement.

The final details of the transfer fee are still remaining, though, with Dortmund hoping to get nearly €150 million out of the deal.

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