The summer has not been kind to Marco Asensio. The Spanish forward’s future has been under the clouds for months now, and seemingly no progress has been made either favouring a renewal or a departure.
Now, the 26-year-old seems set to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for one more season. According to reports from AS, Asensio is determined to earn a place in the starting XI for the upcoming season.
At the moment, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo Goes are ahead of the Spaniard in the pecking order to fill the third place in attack. Given the manager’s trust in the duo, it will require a special effort from the winger to displace them.
At the end of last season, it seemed almost certain that Asensio would sign a contract extension with Real Madrid. However, that operation did not go through owing to the player’s exorbitant wage demands.
Eventually, talks between the two parties broke down and the Spaniard was linked with a move away from Madrid. Yet, it is now said that the player is reluctant to leave despite having offers on the table.
Asensio’s contract with the club runs down in less than a year, but a decision regarding his future will only be taken next summer. Carlo Ancelotti trusts the 26-year-old, but it is clear that he will have to work hard for his place.
Last season, the winger made 31 appearances for the men in white and found the back of the net ten times. However, his inconsistency eventually saw his role as a starter dwindle and Rodrygo took over the centre stage towards the end of the season.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.