Since becoming the coach of the Spanish national team, Luis Enrique has made it clear that he will do things his way. Form and numbers do not matter as long as the players can fit the bill for his style of play.
He has tried to implement a controlled JDP system with the team, in line with the same philosophy Barcelona have used for so many years. As such, it has never been surprising to see him nitpick players with more technical prowess than others.
Consequently, he has come under heavy scrutiny from Real Madrid fans who believe he is biased against their players.
Ahead of the UEFA Nations League fixtures this week, though, Lucho announced his squad featuring two Madrid stars – Daniel Carvajal and Marco Asensio. While the former’s inclusion is quite straightforward given his good form so far this season, the latter’s is quite surprising.
When asked about the inclusion of Asensio, among others like Ferran Torres and Jordi Alba, who have not quite played as many minutes, Enrique said:
“Clubs play many games. I trust a lot in what they offer. I must not lose confidence because they haven’t played for their clubs in a short space of time. They will play again.”
Evidently, he believes that Asensio can be an integral part of his team even if he continues to not feature for Los Blancos regularly. With that in mind, MARCA have reported that the winger has two goals in mind as of now.
Firstly, he wants to change his status at Real Madrid. Currently, he sits behind Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Federico Valverde, and possibly even Eden Hazard in the pecking order for Carlo Ancelotti.
He has lost a bit of his faith with the fans as well when he threw a fit on the bench against RCD Mallorca for not getting substituted on. Eventually, he scored against RB Leipzig, and apologised to the Santiago Bernabeu for his actions.
Secondly, Asensio wants to remain a part of the Spanish squad setup. He is dreaming of a call-up for the World Cup. A few solid performances during this international break can help him solidify a spot in the team, especially with the tournament round the corner.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.