Marco Asensio has hit back at doubters after he made controversial comments regarding the leadership at Real Madrid last week.
The young Spanish winger received a backlash last week after he made comments regarding his perceived lack of ambition.
Hit with a number of counter-comments and fan outbursts, Asensio has now given his side of the story.
“I think it was misinterpreted,” he told Marca. “What I said—I was referring to the current roles in the team. Of course I want to be a starter!”
“I want to succeed at Real Madrid an become an important player” he added. “I have to be at my best and give my best to the team, it’s now time to do my talking on the pitch. I am ambitious—I am own biggest critic, the most demanding person with me is me.”
The former Mallorca starlet was destined for big things when Cristiano Ronaldo left the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, but his form has been a far cry from his early Madrid heroics.
Just one goal this season for Los Blancos and two assists have seen his starting role in Santiago Solari’s side questioned, seeing him gain just one start from Madrid’s last four games.
Whilst Asensio has seemingly lost his place for Madrid, the winger has been featuring for the Spanish national side, where his form has been similarly the same, other than a superb showing against Croatia back in September, where he gained a hat-trick of assists and one goal.
The upcoming La Liga fixture against Eibar will determine just how much his form has affected his chances of playing.
Madrid now have two away games with the Champions League fixture with Roma to follow, whilst their next home game comes against Valencia and it will be interesting to see how Asensio is greeted by the Bernabeu faithful.