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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 midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club



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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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