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