Marco Asensio has ruled out a move to Liverpool – or any club – after being asked about his future with Real Madrid.
When it became quite clear that Liverpool were not going to complete a £53m deal for Nabil Fekir, Asensio’s name cropped up as one of the potential alternatives but the fact that the Spaniard has a €700 million release clause in his contract ruled the Reds out.
In June, Asensio actually commented directly on interest from Liverpool, saying: “When the World Cup is over, we’ll talk about that sort of thing, now I’m focused on selection [for Spain].
“I’m glad Julen has signed up for Real Madrid, after the World Cup we’ll talk things over with him.”
The Spaniard has now revealed that he was never considering leaving Liverpool but things might have been different if Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo hadn’t taken their leave this summer.
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Speaking to reporters after Spain beat Croatia 6-0, Asensio said: “I’ve never had the intention to go anywhere.”
Even if Asensio was considering leaving Real Madrid in the summer, Liverpool would have been an unlikely destination for the young forward even though the Reds were actively looking for a new attacking midfielder.
Reports in the summer had linked Liverpool with a sensational £158m move for Asensio but even though the Anfield outfit has spent a lot of money recently, it seems incredibly unlikely that so much money would be spent on a single player.