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Real Madrid winger opens up on future after Villarreal clash: “We’ll see where it goes”

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Marco Asensio is one among several Real Madrid stars who are staring at an uncertain summer as their contracts with the club stand to expire at the end of the season.

The Spanish winger looked set for the exit doors last summer, but decided to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu. Having been reduced to a bit-part player initially, Asensio managed to gain some prominence in the team just before the World Cup break.

However, since the resumption of football after the break, the former RCD Mallorca man has once again become pretty much an afterthought for manager Carlo Ancelotti, having not started any of the last four matches across all competitions.

Indeed, the Italian opted to start Rodrygo ahead of him in the Copa del Rey encounter against Villarreal last night. But, Asensio made sure to make the most of the minutes he got as he came on as a substitute and played a role in Real Madrid’s comeback 3-2 win.

Talking to the media after the match, Asensio opened up on his future at the club, confirming that talks were being held between the two parties.

The Spanish international made it abundantly clear that he wanted to stay put at Real Madrid for a long time, as he said (h/t MARCA):

“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.”

Asensio and Dani Ceballos, whose contract also expires this summer, were key to Real Madrid coming out on top against Villarreal last night despite having been trailing 2-0 at half-time.

Ancelotti praised the duo after the game, saying: “They really changed the game. They brought more quality and energy to the pitch. They were absolutely key in turning the score and the tie around.”

Having made a telling impact from the bench, Asensio will be hoping that he gets more opportunities to prove himself and earn a new contract at Real Madrid in the coming months.

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”

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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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