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Asensio’s future at Real Madrid looks bleak


Aug-15 10:51 first published at 10:51 AM

Marco Asensio has been kept out of the spotlight as much as possible in Real Madrid’s first two games, and despite Carlo Ancelotti using all five substitutions and 19 players in total, he hasn’t even played a single minute, let alone started either game. This season, after becoming accustomed to spending more time on the bench than in the starting XI in 2021/22, his importance may be diminished even further. He finished the previous season in 15th place among Real Madrid players in terms of minutes played, with 2,110. His record of 12 goals, which he had never accomplished before, boosted his self-esteem. He didn’t warm up in Helsinki for the UEFA Super Cup, a competition in which he made his debut with a spectacular goal in 2016. Ancelotti’s words in Finland, in which he declared his intention to rotate more, may have provided some consolation, but the fact that he has fallen further down the pecking order has dealt another blow. Almeria signed five new players, but Asensio was not one of them. “If anything changes in the heads of Asensio and Ceballos between now and August 31st, then we will adapt,” Ancelotti even said in the build-up to that game, a remark that has more meaning than initially thought. Ceballos’ role in the squad has expanded, while Asensio has fallen behind Eden Hazard in the rotation. Asensio: Due to a lack of offers to play for Spain in the World Cup, Real Madrid has not extended the contracts of Asensio or Ceballos, whose contracts expire in 2023. The attacker’s issue is that he expected to receive more lucrative offers – both financially and in terms of a sporting project – than those made to him through Jorge Mendes, his new agent. In the background, there is also the issue of the World Cup in Qatar. It’s always been a top priority for Asensio, but it’s become even more so since Luis Enrique called him up in June. However, in this situation, his chances of making the team are dwindling. Ancelotti is not a rigid manager, and if he keeps working, Asensio may get some playing time. “As long as he is a Real Madrid player, he is important,” Ancelotti said in Almeria. However, Asensio’s future appears bleak.

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