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Real Madrid forward ‘angry’ with Ancelotti, would be open to Barcelona offers

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A fresh report from SPORT has provided an update on the situation and the future of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and has been linked with several top clubs across Europe. The likes of AC Milan and Arsenal have held a long-standing interest in the forward and have been in contact with his entourage.

At the same time, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona, too, have shown some degree of interest in Asensio in the recent past.

And, according to the report from SPORT, Asensio would be receptive to offers from Barcelona in the summer as he continues to grow frustrated with his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spanish international was completely out of favour at the beginning of the season and looked set for the exit doors. However, he was able to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and make some valuable contributions.

Following that, it seemed certain that Asensio will be signing a new contract with the Merengues to further prolong his stay beyond the summer.

However, things have changed again of late, with the winger once again finding it difficult to gather minutes, the most recent such occurrence happening against Real Betis last night when he was not brought on by the manager despite asking him to warm up for an extended period.

As a result, Asensio is believed to be angry with Ancelotti and the club, with the relationships said to be very tense. Given the scenario, an exit on a Bosman deal is not ruled out and it is claimed that the winger would listen to offers from Barcelona.

However, the Blaugrana for their part, are yet to make any move even though he is seen as a good market opportunity.

The La Liga leaders have other priorities at the moment and will only consider making an attempt if if becomes clear that Asensio will not continue at Madrid and if he is seen as a viable addition to their project.

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  1. Pat Grey

    March 7, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Ancelotti has no more new ideas how to coach RM, and so the sooner Florentino and Madrid board realize this the better things would become better for our dear Madrid club. How can you be consistntly sidelining such a very skillful and smart player like Asensio who, more often than not, changes the pace of Madrid for the better each time he’s sent into the pitch! Yes, I agree with Asensio looking for another team if old coach Ancelotti doesn’t value what the player brings to the table, which is often better that some first team players who always miss chances to score even if they are face to face with the opponent’s goalkeeper! That coach needs to go to Brazil. His time is up at Madrid.

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Five reasons Real Madrid believe in their chances vs Manchester City at the Etihad – report

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An xG of 2.82, 60% possession, 16 shots, eight on target and six big chances. Such were the statistics of Manchester City when they last took on Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, conjured up an xG of just 0.47, had no big chances and had just three shots on target in 90 minutes in the game last year.

The statistics speak loud – Los Blancos suffered a 4-0 embarrassment the last time they stepped onto the grass in Manchester. Tomorrow night, they must descend for battle in the same arena once more, this time looking to fight neck-to-neck for a result.

A new team

As revealed in a recent report by AS, Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti believe that this season, they have more weapons to survive against Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad.

The men in white travel to England without fear and positive that a repeat of last season’s collapse will not unfold. The dressing room is more motivated than ever, and improvements are expected from last year’s clash all across the field.

Most importantly, the fact that they are seen as underdogs playing away from home only pushes the team more towards a winning performance. With the pressure off, it will indeed be easier for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Five ‘key’ factors

The Spanish outlet reports there are five factors that make Ancelotti and Co. believe in their chances for the game that lies ahead of them.

To begin with, the Merengues have been in sensational form all season and have just lost one game in 44 within the 90-minute mark. The wins may not be pretty, but the team’s ability to churn out results drives them forward.

The key duel. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The second factor, as Real Madrid see it, is the improved defence. Last year, Eduardo Camavinga, David Alaba and Eder Militao joined Dani Carvajal at the back while this season, the Spaniard will be joined by an in-form Antonio Rudiger, Nacho and Ferland Mendy.

The German star’s inclusion, in particular, generates hope as he has enjoyed reasonable success against Erling Haaland.

The third factor is the chance in midfield where Eduardo Camavinga is expected to start as the pivot with Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde ahead of him.

Needless to say, such a trio boasts more stamina and a stable pivot compared to the Modric-Kroos-Valverde combination that played last season.

Jude Bellingham’s quality and ability in front of goal is Ancelotti’s fourth major reason to believe that tomorrow night will be special. He was not on song last week, and Los Blancos will hope he finds his best version tomorrow.

Last, but not least, is the newfound chemistry between Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo in recent weeks that has seen both Brazilians play out of their skin.

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