It is difficult to point out flaws in a side that has been crowned the champion of Europe for the fifth time in nine years. While players have come and gone, Real Madrid have held onto their stature of being one of the strongest sides in Europe.
This season too, almost every player donning the famous white jersey had an upward curve. However, one player whose stocks fell significantly as the season progressed was Marco Asensio.
According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez (h/t MadridXtra), the Spaniard has recieved interesting offers from both England and Italy. He will have to now decide if he wishes to renew his contract and fight for a place at the Santiago Bernabeu or leave the club in June.
The final stretch of Real Madrid’s season saw Rodrygo’s stocks rise along with Federico Valverde, who was often Carlo Ancelotti’s first choice for the right-wing in the Champions League.
Given that Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are already undisputed starters in Real Madrid’s setup, there is little scope for Asensio to push his way back. An exit is a real possibility come June.
The 26-year-old started only 19 games for Los Blancos in the recently concluded La Liga season, scoring ten goals and creating one big chance. He missed six big chances and averaged a key pass in every game.
Manchester United are one of the many English sides vying for Asensio’s signature as they look to rebuild under their new manager. Arsenal and AC Milan have registered their interest in the forward in the past and could look to incorporate him in June.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.