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Real Madrid attacker’s renewal getting closer, club delighted with player’s commitment



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After struggling with injuries in recent years, Marco Asensio has finally been able to revive his career, thanks to a relatively positive 2022/23 campaign.

His improved performances have been indicated by Real Madrid’s renewed faith in the player, which may end up landing the player a contract extension in the coming weeks.

According to Diario AS, Real Madrid are delighted with Asensio’s commitment to the club. The attacker is happy with the ‘number 12’ role he has been assigned by Carlo Ancelotti and is willing to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

A few months ago, Asensio’s continuity seemed very uncertain and the player was even linked with a move to Barcelona. However, that has changed and it appears Real Madrid may soon hand him a new deal that will guarantee his continuity beyond 2024.

As per the report, Real Madrid have been making moves in their bid to renew the contract of Asensio. The deal is getting closer as the Spaniard has prioritised a renewal over other offers from European giants.

What is driving Asensio’s renewal efforts, is the simple fact that the player is keen on becoming a part of the Real Madrid squad in the years to come. Not to mention, he is not motivated by what the club offers him.

The Spaniard is more enthusiastic about the role Real Madrid are offering him. While there was initial doubt, the player is now happy with his current role in the team. He has featured in 42 competitive matches this season, racking up 11 goals and eight assists.

At 27, Real Madrid believe Asensio could be an excellent asset for the team in the years to come. His commitment to the Real Madrid project just adds the cherry on top, as the two parties look to reach an agreement in the coming weeks.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona



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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.


Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.


Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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