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Marco Asensio joined Real Madrid from Mallorca for a €3.9 million fee, signing a six year deal on December 2014. He remained with his club on loan until the end of the campaign and was again loaned to RCD Espanyol for the whole campaign in the following season.
The Spain International returned to Santiago Bernabeu for the 2016/2017 season and developed under former manager Zinedine Zidane almost beyond recognition. He has been a key player for the club since then, scoring 21 goals from 95 appearances and winning eight trophies in that time.
The Spaniard started off the last season strongly, scoring in both legs of the Supercopa de Espana triumph over Barcelona. He scored 9 goals and provided 7 assists in 48 appearances and even managed to keep the likes of Isco and Gareth Bale out from the starting XI.
However, the 21 year old struggled to retain his place in the team and his progress stalled towards the end of the season. But ended the campaign on a high note as the club won their third consecutive Champions League, his second with the club.
He was linked with a move to Premier League before the transfer deadline but a deal never materialised as the Spanish side were keen to hold on to their prized asset after losing their all time highest goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
However, Asensio insisted that he never had any intention to leave the club and admitted he is happy with the Champions League winners.
He told reporters: “I’ve never had the intention to go anywhere.”
“This is my third season, in this one I think I have continuity and more prominence, and I’m seeing the performance I’m doing,” Midfielder added.
Asensio has featured in all the three games so far this season and wins against Getafe, Girona and Leganes have ensured that Julen Lopetegui’s men have picked up maximum points in La Liga in the 2018-19 campaign so far.