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Real Madrid winger could be given ‘second life’ at club depending on World Cup performances

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Marco Asensio was one of the revelations for Spain during their opening World Cup game against Costa Rica, with the forward starring in a number nine role.

In the aftermath of the victory, Asensio seemed quite content in his new role and was happy with the way Luis Enrique utilised him. With that in mind, a recent report from Diario AS has offered an update on his situation, suggesting his World Cup performances could greatly affect his future at Real Madrid.

Asensio’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu, after all, expires at the end of the season. Many had initially expected him to depart the club on a free transfer in 2023, especially with Barcelona among the clubs interested in his services.

However, over the past few months, Asensio has fought back well and has been performing brilliantly when given the opportunity. His recent performances with the Spanish national team are just a testament to the improvements he has made as a player.

In addition to his experience and pedigree of playing in the final third, Asensio has even become a competent number nine, which should only help him make a case for earning a contract extension for Real Madrid.

This is because Los Blancos have always lacked a proper alternative for Karim Benzema. And with the club unlikely to pursue Erling Haaland until 2024, the option of having Asensio as a backup could be useful for Carlo Ancelotti. It may also help the player gain more prominence in the first team.

Therefore, everything indicates that Asensio could be set for a prolonged stay at Santiago Bernabeu. The player is open to the idea despite links with Barcelona recently. However, it will be interesting to how things transpire in the coming month.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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