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Real Madrid winger on Barcelona rumours: “Never an option”

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Speaking to El Chiringuito TV (h/t Fabrizio Romano), Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has put an end to speculations linking him with a move to arch-rivals Barcelona.

The 26-year-old is in the final few months of his contract at Real Madrid and had previously said that he would not close the door to a move to Barça if an opportunity arose.

It had given way to speculations linking him to the Catalan outfit, with reports even indicating that the Blaugrana, who are ahead of Real Madrid in the La Liga title race currently, would be tracking him at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

However, Asensio has now seemingly ruled out a move to Barcelona, although he has left the door open for an exit in the summer, when his contract expires.

“Barcelona was never an option. I’m happy at Real Madrid, I feel very well… but in future, you never know. In that case, it wasn’t true that I was considering Barça as option,” Asensio said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Asensio has been in the news due to his contract situation. At the start of the season, it looked like Real Madrid would not hand him a new deal and he would leave as a free agent in 2023.

But there has been a dramatic turnaround in the situation, with the 26-year-old winger proving his worth to the team with some fine displays in the weeks preceding the World Cup break.

In 15 matches across all competitions, Asensio has managed a tally of three goals and three assists even though he has largely featured off the bench for Real Madrid.

Currently a part of the Spain squad for the FIFA World Cup, Asensio will likely play a key role for Luis Enrique’s side in Qatar. It could serve to boost the interest he is attracting.

Given that the winger can negotiate with any club of his choice from January, Real Madrid will ideally want to renew him at the earliest possible.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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