Leaving purely for ‘playing time’…9 years with Real Madrid come to an end

Real Madrid (Spain) forward Marco Asensio (27) will end his nine-year association with the club during the summer transfer window. He had been pushing for a move since last year, when he changed his mind after being persuaded by coach Carlo Ancelotti (63-Italy) to stay, but after another season without much change in his position, he has finally decided to leave.

“Asensio will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season,” Spanish outlet Relevo reported on July 27 (KST), 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.”

According to reports, Asensio made the decision to move on purely for ‘playing time’. He was persuaded to stay on with a glimmer of hope, especially after not being included in Ancelotti’s plans since last year and not being given a chance to start, but his position hasn’t changed and he’s finally decided 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 mostly been on the bench in tournaments like the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and in big games 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 June 30, and he reportedly rejected two renewal offers, which included a pay rise and a long-term contract. Since he has already decided to leave, he has been receiving ‘offers’ from Arsenal (England), AC Milan (Italy), and Paris Saint-Germain (France), among others, as he will be released as a free agent.

“Asensio has received quite a few transfer offers so far,” said Relevo. “He has received quite a few offers so far, including from big clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) and 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 attacker who can play anywhere in the second line. He has excellent dribbling ability and pressure, 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 matches 메이저놀이터.

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