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Real Madrid yet to reach contract agreement with soon-to-be-free forward

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With Spain’s FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign coming to an early end, Marco Asensio is all set to return to Real Madrid in the upcoming week. And once he is back at the club, the 26-year-old will need to start thinking about his future beyond the current season.

Asensio is in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid. The former Mallorca ace came close to leaving the club in the summer after negotiations over a new deal broke down. However, in the end, he remained at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spaniard seemed to have become out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti in the early parts of the season. However, close to the World Cup break, Asensio had regained prominence in the team and had made some important contributions.

It had led to speculations that Real Madrid will table a new contract offer for the 26-year-old so as to keep him at the club beyond the current season.

However, according to SPORT, Real Madrid and Asensio are yet to reach an agrement over a new deal.

And the Spanish international will soon be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the club of his choice starting from January 1, when he enters the final six months of his current deal with Los Blancos.

So, the Merengues must step up their efforts and intensify contacts with Asensio and his camp in order to secure his continuity at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.

Following a slow start to the campaign, Asensio has shown signs of improvement and has registered a total of three goals and assists apiece from 15 matches across all competitions.

The 26-year-old also showed promise with the Spanish national team at the World Cup, despite playing as a false-nine.

As per the report, many clubs are aware of Asensio’s contract situation and could move to open talks from January 1. But Real Madrid intend to keep him and the player, too, would be willing to continue as long as he feels valued at the club.

However, Los Blancos will need to pick up pace with negotiations in order to avoid a dragged-out contract saga.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’

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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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