Leaving purely for ‘playing time’…nine years with Real Madrid come to an end
Real Madrid (Spain) striker Marco Asensio (27) will end his nine-year association with the club during this summer’s transfer window. He had been pushing for a move since last year, changing his mind after being persuaded by coach Carlo Ancelotti (63-Italy) to stay, but after failing to make much of a difference to his position this season, he has finally decided to leave.
“Asensio will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season,” Spanish outlet Relevo reported on 27 July, adding: “He has been in talks to renew his contract since the beginning of the year, but recently decided to leave after finally rejecting the offer. He has already communicated his intentions to Ancelotti, the coaching staff and his teammates and will start looking for a new club in the near future.”메이저놀이터
According to reports, Asensio made the decision to pursue a move purely for ‘playing time’. Notably, he was persuaded to stay on by Ancelotti, despite not being in Ancelotti’s plans since last year and not being given a chance to start, but the lack of progress in his position made him decide to hang up his Real Madrid shirt.
In reality, Asensio has made 50 appearances (12 goals – 8 assists) in all competitions this season, but has only started 18 of them. His average playing time is just 39.3 minutes. In particular, he’s been mostly on the bench in tournaments like the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and in important fixtures like El Clasico and the Madrid derby.
As a result, Asensio eventually decided to seek a new challenge when his contract with Real Madrid expires on 30 June, especially as he had been offered two renewal offers as recently as last week, during which he was promised a pay rise and a long-term contract. He has already decided to leave, and now that he is a free agent, he is receiving offers from Arsenal (England), AC Milan (Italy), and Paris Saint-Germain (France).
“Asensio has received quite a few transfer offers so far,” said Relevo. “He has received quite a few offers so far, from big clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) and Italian Serie A, as well as recent interest from Paris Saint-Germain,” said Relevo. “In the coming weeks, he will take a serious look at all the offers and decide which club he wants to sign with.
Asensio is a versatile striker who can play anywhere in the second line. He has excellent dribbling ability and pressing, a powerful yet precise left-footed kick and a high work rate. He joined Real Madrid from Mallorca (Spain) in 2014, and after gaining experience on loan, he became a regular in 2016. To date, he has scored 61 goals and provided 32 assists in 285 official appearances.