Real Madrid star Marco Asensio makes future verdict amid Man United links

Marco Asensio has admitted that he is hopeful of remaining with Real Madrid after he was linked with Manchester United earlier this year.

United were on the lookout for a winger in the summer as Erik ten Hag looked to shape his new team in his image. In June, the 26-year-old discussed his ambition to achieve more during his career but that he was happy with the Galacticos.

This, however, did not stop reports surfacing that his agent Jorge Mendes had offered his services to United. If this was the cαse, Ten Hag opted to go in a different direction.

His former Ajax player Antony arrived in Manchester and no further forwards were brought in afterwards. It is expected that, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan, Ten Hag will make the attαcking line a priority.

Asensio will be a free agent in the summer and Ten Hag could be able to sign the right-sided player on a cheaper deal this winter. But, according to the player himself, Asensio wishes to remain at the Bernabeu.

Speaking to Radio Marca, he said: “Do I want to renew? Hopefully it can happen and I’ll be very happy at Real Madrid for many years, hopefully everything will work out so I can stay for 10 more years.

“There is talk that I am changing Real Madrid’s mind. But I have always tried to give the best that I have within me, and then later on people will know about it.

“The one who decides, too, is the club, it does not only depend on me. After the World Cup, we’ll both make a decision.”

Asensio is currently with the Spain squad ahead of the prestigious tournament in Qatar. The Spaniards get their World Cup campaign underway on Wednesday when they face Costa Rica.

Alejandro Garnacho names his favourite position to play in for Manchester United

Alejandro Garnacho said he enjoys playing on the left wing as much as possible following his breakthrough into the Manchester United first team this season.

The 18-year-old has four goal contributions to his name from his last four appearances, all of which came when he was playing in his favoured role in the forward line.

Garnacho netted his first senior goal for the club in their Europa League win over Real Sociedad, grabbed two assists against Aston Villa in the League Cup, and then came off the bench to net a drαmatic winner versus Fulham last time out.

His breakthrough has only further added to Erik ten Hag’s selection headache in attαck, with Garnacho admitting that the overstocked left wing role is his favourite.

“I’ve always liked to play out wide on the left, as a right-footed player able to cut inside,” he told club media. “To be able to play as a right-footed player down the left, you also have to be pretty decent with your weaker foot. From an early age, I’ve always practiced hard using both feet, because that makes you into a much better player and so nowadays I can play with both feet – not to perfection but to a good standard.

“Thankfully I was able to score those two goals with my other foot without too much difficulty.”