Marco Asensio has reportedly snubbed interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to remain at Real Madrid
Spanish publication Don Balon have reported that European heavyweights Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have failed in their pursuit of Marco Asensio, who has rejected their advances in favour of remaining at Real Madrid.
Asensio has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Real Madrid this season, having firmly established himself in Zinedine Zidane’s first team squad. In his second season with, Asensio has made quite the impression with his dribbling and technical abilities.
His numbers are quite remarkable as well, with Asensio bagging nine goals and four assists in 34 appearances across all competitions. Half of these came from the bench, which highlights just how efficient the Spaniard has been with his contributions in the final third.
However, with stalwarts like Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale being almost indispensable from the first-team setup, there were suggestions that Asensio could move away from Real Madrid in search of more regular game time.
There were no dearth of suitors either, with Chelsea, Juventus and Liverpool linked, in addition to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and PSG being the front-runners in the race to sign Asensio in the summer.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eager to bolster his attacking options in the summer, with Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to leave the club. With just Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to choose from for four positions, Asensio had been identified as a target.
Meanwhile, PSG and Bayern Munich have a wealth of options in attack, but with Lucas Moura and Douglas Costa rumoured to leave the respective clubs, they could enter the market for an forward as well.
However, it has now emerged that Asensio is set to snub the advances of all three clubs to remain at Real Madrid. Indeed, he could be primed for more game time next season, with both Isco and James Rodriguez heavily linked with summer exits from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Asensio remains fully committed to Real Madrid, and is keen to achieve big things with the club. He is, thus, prepared to fight for a regular place in the starting eleven, and it looks like rumours linking him with a summer exit can rightly be put to bed.