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Soon-to-be-free Real Madrid ace still hopeful of earning a new contract

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Marco Asensio required less than 20 minutes on the field to make a tangible difference in Real Madrid’s 3-1 demolition of Espanyol on Saturday. Coming on in the 72nd minute, he worked a smart finish to beat Fernando Pacheco in extra time to seal the three points.

According to reports from AS, the Spaniard has not given up hope of proving himself despite knowing that Rodrygo Goes and Federico Valverde are also fighting for the right-wing position. He knows that he has enough time to turn his situation around and looks to make the most of the minutes given to him.

The source also adds that Real Madrid will soon start negotiating and renewing the deals of players whose contracts run out in June. While Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are high on the priority list, Asensio is also a player who the club do not oppose keeping.

The winger wishes to be a starter under Carlo Ancelotti but is currently behind both Valverde and Rodrygo in the pecking order. Though the manager sees Asensio as a valuable option off the bench, the player does not want to renew for a bench role.

However, he wishes to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu and believes that he has time to turn around his situation in the coming months.

The 27-year-old has only started seven of Real Madrid’s 25 league games so far and has a total of 19 league appearances this season. In that duration, he has scored five goals and provided three assists in addition to a key pass every ninety minutes.

The coming months will be crucial in deciding Asensio’s loyalties next season, and a large part of it depends on the player’s performances and importance. In the event that he decides to leave, Barcelona are said to be well-placed to snap him up on a free transfer.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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