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Real Madrid winger wants to fight for a place in the team despite expiring contract



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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.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report



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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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