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Real Madrid will hold talks to renew forward’s contract during the World Cup break

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After a summer filled with constant speculations and exit links, Marco Asensio eventually ended up staying put at Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the club and wanted to move on during the previous window after failing to reach an agreement over an extension. Having aligned with superagent Jorge Mendes, he searched for exit opportunities but could not find a suitable project.

Being forced to continue at Real Madrid, Asensio found himself out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti in the early phases of the campaign, with the manager hardly calling on the Spanish winger. And it looked like he would leave as a free agent next year when his contract expires.

However, there has been a massive U-turn in his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks.

Asensio has been putting up some impressive displays coming on from the bench in matches and on Wednesday, he started against Celtic and was one of the team’s top performers as they cruised to a 5-1 triumph.

The former Mallorca winger’s turnaround is said to have made a serious impact on the Real Madrid officials, so much so that they are ready to discuss a new contract with his agent.

Indeed, as per journalist Sergio Santos, Real Madrid will sit down with Jorge Mendes to negotiate a new contract for Asensio during the World Cup break.

While any official talks are yet to take place, Asensio is said to be aware that there has been a significant change in stance with regard to his future within the club. There are more voices pushing for his renewal as signing a replacement of his calibre would be expensive.

Asensio, for his part, has always dreamt of continuing at Real Madrid. But he wants to feel valued by the club and is hoping for a pay rise reflecting his stature, considering that he has added two more Champions League winners’ medals to his kitty since his last renewal in 2017.

Clubs from England, Germany, and Italy are keeping a close watch on the situation, knowing that they can enter into negotiations with Asensio over a free transfer from January 1.

Real Madrid are aware of this and will hold talks over a renewal during the World Cup break so as to secure Asensio’s future.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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