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Real Madrid Winger Could Exit Santiago Bernabeu: Should Ancelotti Let Him Go?

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According to the Spanish outlet Marca, Real Madrid could reportedly lose Marco Asensio as he wishes to make an exit from Santiago Bernabeu in hopes of getting more playtime elsewhere. It is understood that the Spanish winger is attracting attention from the Premier League with Manchester United and Arsenal both showing keen interest. However, with the transfer window coming to a close, they will need to act fast if they wish to acquire his services.

Asensio’s Impressive Form In Spanish Football This Season

The 26-year-old has had a decent campaign this season as he has already put in a handful of impressive displays on the right side of Madrid’s attack. Asensio participated in 41 matches for the Spanish side this season, scoring 11 goals and providing two assists across all competitions.

The Palma-born sensation has proven to be a consistent performer after averaging 2.1 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in the La Liga. He has also been impressive with his ball distribution from the wide areas of the pitch, completing 87.7% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Should Ancelotti Let Him Exit Real Madrid?

Asensio excels at creating space for himself and is not afraid to take a shot at a goal from long range. He can also chip in with a few assists producing meaningful chances for his teammates. The Spanish international seems to have recaptured his form prior to his ACL injury, which had ruled him out for the 2019/20 season.

He is primarily a right-winger but remains capable of playing in the centre of the park, which showcases his versatility in proficiently adding significant firepower to the attacking front. However, he remains weak in dropping back on defence which he’ll need to improve upon.

The added lure of Champions League experience makes him a decent option for any club interested in his services. However, Ancelotti has made it prevalent that Rodrygo will be getting more minutes after scoring some important goals last season which poses a threat to Asensio’s position at the club, hence he would be better off leaving Santiago Bernabeu and playing elsewhere. Los Blancos’ boss has made it clear that he will not stop the Spanish forward from leaving since it would be better for his career at this point. Furthermore, the reigning UCL champions will not be looking for a replacement as they already have a well-stacked frontline.

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