With less than six months left on his contract at Real Madrid, Marco Asensio is staring at an uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The winger, who is celebrating his 27th birthday today, has been at the club since 2015, when he arrived from RCD Mallorca. But there is no certainty that he will remain at the club beyond the ongoing campaign, as his contract edges closer to expiry.
Real Madrid negotiated a new deal with the winger last summer, but the downward renewal offered did not please the winger. When he changed his agent to Jorge Mendes, it was widely expected that he would leave the club, but with no offers forthcoming, he stayed put.
Having seen his game-time severely regulated in the early parts of the season, Asensio slowly gained some semblance of importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
Now with less than six months left on his deal, AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that Real Madrid are certain about wanting to offer him a new deal, while the player himself is keen on staying put at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Things are being discussed, we’ll see where it goes. I’m focused on myself and the next game. Hopefully, everything will come to fruition,” Asensio had said after the midweek game against Villarreal.
“I want to renew and stay at Madrid for a long time, but it’s not something that depends only on me. For me, the most important thing is sporting matters and being happy.”
However, the sticking point in negotiations could be that Asensio is seeking a key role in the team, which cannot be guaranteed at this point.
After all, the Spanish international is currently behind Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and even Federico Valverde when it comes to the pecking order on the flanks.
Furthermore, Real Madrid plan to bring back Brahim Diaz next season and see him as a viable option for the right wing, which could further impact Asensio’s role.
It remains to be seen how the negotiations between the 27-year-old and the club progress in the coming weeks and months as they look to come to an agreement over a new deal.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.