Speaking on his Twitch stream, Spain manager Luis Enrique has hailed Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio after his fine performance for La Roja against Costa Rica earlier this week.
Asensio was one of the main protagonists for Spain as they thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 to begin their FIFA World Cup campaign with a bang. And the 26-year-old Real Madrid ace was on target, scoring a fine half-volley in the first period.
The Real Madrid winger has been deployed as a No. 9 by Enrique in recent matches for Spain and he has delivered in the role with his movement in the final third as well as his aggressive pressing from the front.
Considering that he was on the fringes of the Merengues’ setup not very long ago, the turnaround has been a great one for Asensio and Enrique has praised the forward, calling him a top player.
“Every time he has been with us he has shown the desire that everyone has, but also precision and individual quality beyond any doubt. Marco is a world top player,” Enrique said on his stream (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Talking about utilising Asensio in a central role, the Spain manager added: “We’ve worked with him on the things we wanted him to improve and he has done just that. When he plays as a ‘9’ he initiates the pressure and that requires effort and great responsibility.”
“It’s a pleasure to see how our six forwards press, they give us guarantees. Marco is a guarantee and he’s in great form for the World Cup,” the Spain manager further added.
Asensio’s future has been a topic of intense debate, with his contract at Real Madrid expiring at the end of the season. While it has been reported that Los Blancos are looking to renew his deal, arch-rivals Barcelona are also keeping an eye on his situation.
In fact, the Blaugrana’s midfield sensation Pedri opened the door for Asensio to make the switch to Spotify Camp Nou at the end of the season when he said:
“He has a lot of quality, let’s see what happens with his contract but all good players have to be at Barça. Let’s see what happens with his contract but he has plenty of qualities. It is a decision that he has to make.”
If Asensio continues to perform at this level during the World Cup, more and more suitors will line up to sign him in the summer.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.