Carlo Ancelotti has said that he doesn’t care that much about Marco Asensio’s contract situation as the winger continues to be linked with Arsenal with his deal expiring this summer.
Marco Asensio is a name that has been linked with several Premier League clubs with his contract with Real Madrid is set to expire at the end of the season.
Arsenal are one of the clubs that are keen on signing the 27-year-old winger, who is said to be seeking a four-year contract with a higher wage than his current £118,000 per week.
However, the financial aspect of a potential deal with Arsenal may be an obstacle since only six players at Arsenal earn more than Asensio’s £110k per week, with Gabriel Jesus earning the most on £265k.
Despite recent improvements in form and minutes on the pitch under manager Carlo Ancelotti, there are still no guarantees that Asensio will be a part of Real Madrid’s long-term plans, and he has been unwilling to sign a new deal with his current one set to expire at the end of the season.
Asensio’s agents were expected to fly to London last week to discuss potential offers from Premier League clubs, but it remains to be seen what the outcome of those discussions will be.
Asensio has scored five goals and provided five assists in 28 games this season, but his average playing time is just 37.5 minutes per game.
For comparison, Bukayo Saka, Arsenal’s current starting right winger, has nine goals and eight assists in 30 games, with an average playing time per game of 76.8 minutes.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of Asensio’s playing style and sees him as a player that can improve his team’s offensive rotation for next season. Arsenal are reportedly looking for a right winger to compete for the starting spot with Saka, who has no natural replacement on the bench.
Asensio’s immediate focus remains on Real Madrid, but one thing is for sure, his agents’ visit to London last week will have been closely watched by fans and clubs alike.
Carlo Ancelotti’s recent response to questions about the future of Asensio was rather unenthusiastic, according to comments he made to Diario AS after the match.
Ancelotti stated that he is not aware if Asensio will remain with the club or not and that he doesn’t care too much. He did, however, acknowledge that the club has a crucial season ahead, and that Asensio, like last year, is contributing well. Ancelotti further stated that the club will make the most appropriate decision regarding Asensio’s future.
He said: “He looks good to me, I don’t know if he will stay or not. He may or may not stay, I don’t know, I don’t care much.” Ancelotti added: “We have a very important challenge this season.
“The important thing is that he is contributing, like last year. Let him continue like this, and the club will make the most appropriate decision.”
In December 2022, Spanish outlet Sport reported that Asensio was close to joining United, but nothing materialised.
The 27-year-old winger has made 263 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 54 goals, and has had loan spells at Mallorca and Espanyol during his time with the club.
Asensio has also won three Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles while at the Bernabeu.
Whether or not he will come to the Premier League this summer remains to be seen.