Spanish Papers: Zidane wants more from Real Madrid youngster AsensioJanuary 24, 2018
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has asked young forward Marco Asensio to give him more on the field after seeing Karim Benzema struggle to re-find his form.
Frenchman Benzema has had a troubling 2017/2018 season thus far, whilst he has seen the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale bounce back from a dip in form, with both bagging braces against Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend.
Zidane, fully aware of his problems going forward – has now spoke with former Mallorca youngster Asensio about his role in the team, asking the lively attacker to provide more when on the field.
The Spanish international had a good start to the season but his form has dipped a little, and Zidane wants him to show his full potential now as the season edges towards the decisive moments.
After seeing Atletico Madrid knocked out by Sevilla, Sport speak Barcelona’s Copa del Rey clash with Espanyol on Thursday evening and Ernesto Valverde’s desire to win the competition.
Barca find themselves 1-0 down to their cross-city rivals, but do have the advantage of playing at the Camp Nou.
Mundo Deportivo report that Barca are ready to make a summer move for Gremio midfielder Arthur and he will now be expected to arrive in June for around £25m.
Finally, both Catalan papers wave a fond farewell to Javier Mascherano, who has completed his move to China.