Reported Liverpool transfer target Marco Asensio has claimed that he wants to stay at Real Madrid for the next decade.
The 26-year-old is preparing to enter the final six months of his contract in the Spanish capital, sparking rumours of a move away. But despite this, Asensio has told Radio Marca that he doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“People say that I’m changing Real Madrid’s mind about my contract, but I always tried to give my best. We will soon know what happens next, the club has to make a decision, it’s not my decision entirely. We will both make a decision after the World Cup,” the Spaniard explained.
“Do I want to sign an extension? I hope to sign it so that I can stay and be happy in Madrid for many years, I hope everything comes together so that I can stay 10 more years.”
With not long to go on his current deal, we’ll soon find out whether that will be possible.
Asensio still yet to commit to Madrid
Asensio wouldn’t be many Liverpool’s fans’ choice of a new attacking addition. But given the huge funds the Reds need to plough into their midfield right now, he’d be a good, budget option.
Should he fail to agree an extension at Madrid, he could even move clubs for a small fee in January.
Beyond that, he’d be available for nothing when next summer’s transfer window rolls around.
It must be said that, since last summer, the Liverpool rumours have died down a little. Ahead of the season, Asensio had been touted as a realistic option for the Reds by numerous outlets, mainly in Spain.
The fees being mentioned then, with a year left on his contract, were around £34m or so (AS). Now, you’d have to think that price has reduced somewhat.
But despite his relative lack of playing time for Madrid, Asensio has managed to force his way into the Spanish World Cup squad.
Put in some good performances in Qatar, and he could suddenly become more attractive to Liverpool. Even if that transpires though, it doesn’t sound as though Asensio is expecting to leave the European Champions.