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Real Madrid forward prioritising stay at club, but no progress in contract talks

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According to Fabrizio Romano via Caught Offside, Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has been in talks with Real Madrid over a new contract for a while now. However, there has not been much progress on that front as of yet.

As such, the Spanish international would be open to a switch to the Premier League or any other big league, although he would prefer to remain at Madrid.

Asensio’s contract situation has been a subject of discussion since the summer. With Los Blancos unwilling to meet his lofty demands, talks over a new deal fell through and the winger was tipped to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, the former Mallorca winger ended up staying. And even though he was starved of game-time early in the season, he managed to turn things around and gain some prominence in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

This led to rumours that Real Madrid will offer him a new contract but one without a substantial increase in wages. As things stand, however, there has been no movement with regard to Asensio’s renewal.

“Marco Asensio and Real Madrid have been in conversations for a long time over a new deal. At the moment, no final progress yet – we will see in the next months how it will continue,” says Romano.

In the final six months of his contract, the winger can negotiate with clubs of his desire over a free transfer switch in the summer.

“Asensio would be open to Premier League or any other big league experience one day, but the priority now is still for Real Madrid talks,” the transfer expert adds.

So far this term, Asensio has played 18 times in all competitions for Real Madrid, racking up a tally of three goals and three assists apiece.

With Eden Hazard likely to leave in the summer, losing Asensio as well could deprive Los Blancos of depth in the attacking unit. At 26, the Spaniard is in his prime years and can be a valuable player if he renews and continue at the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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