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Real Madrid willing to negotiate new contract with attacker, Ancelotti counts on him



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Real Madrid have as many as seven players whose contract expires at the end of the club. While the likes of Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and potentially Toni Kroos are expected to renew, Dani Ceballos and Mariano Diaz could depart as free agents.

Nacho Fernandez’s renewal talks have come to a standstill and he too could move on in the summer. That leaves Marco Asensio, who is also facing an uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But, according to The Athletic, the Spaniard’s entourage say that Real Madrid are willing to negotiate a new contract for the forward, with manager Carlo Ancelotti informing the player that he will be counting on him.

Asensio came very close to leaving Real Madrid in the summer after the two parties failed to come to an agreement over a new deal due to disparity in the wages being offered and demanded.

However, the Spaniard ended up staying put at the club. Having struggled to get into the team initially, Asensio gradually began to gain more prominence.

Despite that, the forward continues to remain behind Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Federico Valverde in the pecking order when it comes to Ancelotti’s preference in the wide areas.

While he is not entirely happy with the game-time situation, Asensio is believed to be prioritising staying at the Bernabeu.

And with Real Madrid also open to negotiating a new deal with the winger, there remains a significant chance that he continues at the club beyond this summer.

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Real Madrid not in talks with Tottenham Hotspur for 29-year-old forward



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According to a recent report from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), there is nothing concrete at the moment between Harry Kane and Real Madrid. The two parties have not held any talks and a potential transfer is distant.

Los Blancos’ admiration of the English striker is not a novel development for the Spanish giants have been monitoring his situation for a couple of seasons now.

Tottenham’s high financial demands coupled with Karim Benzema’s breathtaking form kept Kane’s pursuit out of sight, but the situation has now changed.

Real Madrid’s French striker may be the current Ballon d’Or holder but he has struggled to recreate his form this season. His subpar performances and age force the club to look for a new face and Kane is unsurprisingly back in the mix.

The England captain has a contract with Spurs that runs until 2024 and he has not agreed on a new deal with the Premier League side. His dire drought for trophies at the club level could force him to move to greener pastures and there is a long line of suitors awaiting his availability.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich both, like Real Madrid, are in need of a new centre-forward and thus join the Merengues in Kane’s pursuit.

The 29-year-old striker has started 28 Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s side this season, scoring a whopping 21 goals and providing two assists in the process. The fact that his goal tally came off a relatively low xG of 15.6 shows Kane’s effectiveness in front of the goal.

Karim Benzema is likely to renew for another season, but the summer could see the Galacticos go all out for a big-name striker. Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are some of the other names considered, though it is clear that neither of them would arrive cheap.

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