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Real Madrid winger will sign new contract amid Premier League, Serie A interest
In a major development, Guillermo Rai of The Athletic is reporting that Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio will sign a new contract and prolong his stay at the club beyond this season.
Asensio, 27, is one among several first-team players whose contract expires at the end of the ongoing campaign. Talks over an extension have been taking place for a while now but an agreement has yet to be reached.
It gave way to speculation that the two parties were not seeing eye to eye when it came to the matter of Asensio’s salary. It had been reported that the winger was seeking a bigger pay packet than the one that was being offered to him.
However, as per the latest update from The Athletic, Asensio is set to sign the renewal agreement and remain a Real Madrid player beyond this term.
“We will come to an agreement,” a source involved in the negotiations said to The Athletic.
It is further reported that manager Carlo Ancelotti played a key role in Asensio’s potential renewal, as he constantly kept pushing the club to offer the Spaniard a new contract.
It is believed that the former RCD Mallorca winger’s new deal will run up until 2027 or 2028.
“With Real Madrid, if the player is relatively young, the length of renewals are usually like that,” the same inside source, as above, told The Athletic.
However, the report does mention that while the duration of the deal is being negotiated, an agreement on Asensio’s wages is yet to be reached.
Despite this, though, the Spaniard’s intention has always been to stay at Real Madrid. The 27-year-old is attracting interest from an unnamed Premier League club while Serie A giants AC Milan and Juventus are also interested.
But, Asensio is firm on his stance about wanting to continue at Real Madrid and intends to sign a renewal once the final details of the deal are ironed out.
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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”
Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.
Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.
The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.
However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.
“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.
Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.
Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.
So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.