Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio

Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has opened about his future with the Los Blancos, after he almost quit the club this summer. Asensio has been struggling for regular game-time after the emergence of the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and now Fede Valverde who flourishes as a makeshift right-winger, a position where the Spaniard plies his trade. Moreover, at 26-years-old the winger would certainly want to play regularly in his peak years.

While his future at Santiago Bernabeu was uncertain, shock links of Barcelona wanting to sign him surfaced from nowhere. The Spain international has reacted to same as well, however giving  a cold reply. The Catalans conducted heavy business in the summer market, which saw them acquire the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Jounde, Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin. They are already planning for the next summer, with Asensio who will be a free agent by then on their radars.

Marco Asensio
Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio has opened up about his future at the club, after he was seeking other options this summer. Credits: Twitter

Marcos Asensio talks his Real Madrid future amidst Barca links

Marco Asensio has been a Madridista since 2015 after the club signed him from Mallorca for just £3.5 million. After a season long loan then at Espanyol, he finally made his debut for the Los Blancos in the 2016/17 season. He since has made 239 appearances for Real, scoring 50 goals and providing 24 assists. Asensio has also lifted a massive 15 trophies at the club, which include three Champions League titles and three La Liga’s.

However, he now finds himself down the pecking order and a mere benchwarmer at Real Madrid. While club manager Carlo Ancelotti handed him 24 starts across his 42 games in all competitions last season, Asensio could only manage 12 goals. The Italian too had confessed during the summer market that he anticipates a departure of his 26-year-old winger who wants more minutes. But Marcos Asensio stayed at the club, to see out his final year of the current deal as an extension look highly unlikely.

Revealing about his future plans in an interview to COPE, Asensio who is currently on international duty with Spain said:

“I’m happy. I’m in a good moment. August was a complicated month due to all the things that came out. There were options [to leave], obviously. I’m happy with the decision I’ve made because I’m still confident that I can help Real Madrid. I want to continue winning titles with the club. It was the right decision [to stay] and I am really looking forward to it.

Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio further revealed it was manager Carlo Ancelotti whose confidence in him changed his decision of leaving the club. Credits: Twitter

“It is not a decision that depends on me. You have to talk to the club, the coach… At no time did I really think about being able to leave because of the project and the coach’s confidence. With Ancelotti I have no problem. Last season was good for me. It is a bit the goal we have for this season. There is a lot of competition. Last year it started this way because I came from the games. I am used to fighting for the position. I haven’t thought of anything [of future]. It is an important year for me. I live in the present. I want to focus on these months: give it my all at Real Madrid and help the National Team to have a great World Cup

On the rumours linking him to Real’s fierce rivals Barcelona, Asensio said:
I honestly don’t know. Like Barca, many have come out. I am focused on the present and giving everything with the National Team and with my club. I have not valued it nor have I thought about it. I can’t give you an answer. This morning I had 200 messages. I am in a world where there are many rumors. It’s normal because in January I can sign with any club and more will come out. We are in that circle that I cannot control.”
The winger will now concentrate on Spain’s upcoming fixtures in the UEFA Nations League against Switzerland and Portugal. Asensio will look to impress Luis Enrique who could announce his roster for the World Cup on the basis of how his players perform in the forthcoming games.