Marco Asensio heading for Real Madrid exitDecember 24, 2017
Real Madrid midfield ace Marco Asensio could be on his way out of the club, with a host of Premier League clubs among the interested parties.
As per the Daily Express, the 21-year-old Spaniard is unhappy about his lack of game time, particularly with the World Cup coming up next summer.
Despite being one of the most talented youngsters around, Asensio has been largely reduced to a bit-part player, with the likes of Isco and the returning Gareth Bale often preferred.
Unhappy with minutes
Asensio’s rating has risen rapidly over the past year, going from perennial loanee to an electrifying midfielder in Real Madrid’s squad.
He has become known for producing spectacular long-range goals and running at defenders with speed and ferocity.
But despite playing 14 times, only nine were starts, while Isco has become preferred in the third attacking spot, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. With Bale once again returning from injury, he is also expected to jump ahead of Asensio in the pecking order, leaving the youngster worrying about minutes.
Asensio made his international debut for Spain in May 2016, with eight caps to his name in total. He will want to be on the plane to Russia for the World Cup, but La Roja is a hugely competitive side, with places all over the pitch up for grabs, and a lack of game-time will hinder his chances.
Who is interested?
After being linked with a move away to Arsenal in the summer, the Gunners could look to revive their interest in the New Year, while Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool are also running the rule over the ex-Real Mallorca star.
But former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho leads the race for the youngster, as Manchester United see him as a more youthful option to long-term target Bale.