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Real Madrid outcast keen on staying despite enquiry from ‘top-level teams’

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With the final phase of the summer transfer window upon us, the focus at Real Madrid is largely on outcomings, with the Spanish and European champions taking care of the incoming transfers very early.

Marco Asensio is one such player who has been heavily linked with an exit this summer. However, as reported by MARCA, the 26-year-old Spanish winger remains keen on staying put at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite some ‘top-level teams’ making enquiries for him.

Asensio’s star has been on the wane ever since he returned from the long-term injury. However, he did show glimpses of form last season when he finished as the club’s third-highest goalscorer behind Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior.

Despite that, he is no longer a regular in the side and having entered the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu, he refused to sign an extension. An exit looked very likely in the initial stages of the transfer window, with there being interest from the likes of AC Milan and Arsenal but nothing came of it.

As the window progressed, Asensio seems to have had a change of hearts and is now keen on staying put at Real Madrid. The 26-year-old Spanish international believes that he can still turn things around at the Bernabeu and become an important player for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

Real Madrid, for their part, do not wish to hand Asensio a contract extension if he does end up staying at the club beyond the transfer window. In such a scenario, he would leave the club as a free agent next year. For now, though, all things point towards ex-Mallorca ace staying put at Madrid.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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