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Real Madrid winger in talks over new contract, wants more money and bigger role

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As speculations continue to mount on the future of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana has come up with a fresh update on the contract situation of the Spaniard.

As per the journalist (h/t Madrid Zone), Asensio and Real Madrid are currently in talks over a new contract. But the 27-year-old is seeking more money than what is being offered as well as a more prominent role within the team.

The Spaniard’s current contract runs out in June, leading to links with a summer exit as a free agent. Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona, have been touted as a possible suitor for the winger, thanks to their relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes.

Asensio had held contract talks with the club in the summer, but they did not end well due to the disparity in wages being demanded and offered.

And, as things stand, it seems like the issue still remains with the aforementioned report stating that the Spanish international is seeking a bigger contract than what has been offered by the club.

At the same time, Asensio is also keen on having a more prominent role in Carlo Ancelotti’s plan. As things stand, the winger is behind Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and even Federico Valverde in the manager’s order of preference.

With Brahim Diaz set to return to the club in the summer, Asensio risks falling down the pecking order by one more peg.

At 27, he is in his prime years and it is understandable that the attacker wants to play more regularly than he has of late.

But, as he revealed last week, Asensio remains keen on staying put at the Santiago Bernabeu, as he said: “Things are being discussed, we’ll see where it goes. I’m focused on myself and the next game. Hopefully, everything will come to fruition.

“I want to renew and stay at Madrid for a long time, but it’s not something that depends only on me. For me, the most important thing is sporting matters and being happy.”

With talks being held, it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid and Asensio are able to reach a middle ground and strike an agreement over a new contract.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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