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Real Madrid closer to reaching a renewal agreement with winger – report

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According to Mario Cortegana on Radio MARCA, Real Madrid are inching closer to agreeing a contract renewal agreement with Marco Asensio.

The 26-year-old looked like he had one foot out of the door at the Santiago Bernabeu not so long ago as his contract expires at the end of the season and a renewal was nowhere in sight.

However, things have changed quite dramatically with regard to his standing in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans in recent weeks. Asensio has made a good impression with his performances and was one of Real Madrid’s standout performers in the recent win against Celtic.

The Spaniard’s attitude and his performances have seemingly convinced the Real Madrid officials to negotiate a new deal with the Spanish international so as to prolong his stay at the club beyond the ongoing campaign.

Reports indicate that Los Blancos will negotiate with Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, during the World Cup break, but as things stand they are much closer to reaching an agreement with the winger than they were back in the summer.

However, Cortegana adds that there will not be a major improvement on Asensio’s current salary in his new deal as he continues to remain Real Madrid’s fifth-choice attacker behind Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde, who has excelled on the right flank.

It is also stated that despite wanting to extend Asensio’s contract, Real Madrid continue to prioritise the evolution and development of young guns like Vinicius and Rodrygo.

Asensio has scored three goals and set up two more in just 336 minutes of football across all competitions this term, proving that he can be a valuable member of the team. And it seems like his recent performances will be rewarded with a new deal.

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Real Madrid’s dodgy UCL knockouts record against Pep Guardiola ahead of Man City clash

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With PSG and Borussia Dortmund securing berths in the Champions League semifinals, it is now time for Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich to battle it out for the two remaining places.

Man City and Real Madrid will certainly be the headline encounter, with the two teams looking for a win at the Etihad in order to secure a ticket for the semis.

There is much confidence and optimism in the Real Madrid camp heading into this encounter, with Vinicius Junior, in particular, determined to beat the Premier League champions.

Real Madrid’s shoddy record against Guardiola

Real Madrid, though, must approach this game with pragmatism and can’t be too overconfident about their chances.

The Pep Guardiola factor, in particular, will resonate fear in the Real Madrid camp, especially considering the club’s shoddy record against the Catalan coach.

Guardiola strikes fear into Real Madrid hearts (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Indeed, Guardiola is the coach who has been able to eliminate Real Madrid more than anyone else in the Champions League – three times.

The first elimination came in 2011 when Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona. Guardiola was not able to eliminate Real Madrid during his time at Bayern Munich, but at Man City, he has eliminated Los Blancos twice – in 2020 and 2023.

Now, Guardiola is looking to extend his record by eliminating Real Madrid fourth time.

Guardiola vs Real Madrid

As far as Guardiola’s overall record against Real Madrid is concerned, the Catalan mastermind has played against Los Blancos 24 times, recording 13 victories.

Guardiola has lost against Real Madrid only five times and only one of them came during his tenure at Manchester City – in 2022.

Overall, at Man City, Guardiola has been able to best Real Madrid four times in seven encounters.

However, Guardiola’s men will be coming up against a Real Madrid side which has indicated many times in the past that records do not matter. As such, past records should only be taken with a grain of salt as the two teams lock horns at Etihad tonight.

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