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.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
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.