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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.
The midfielder has started this season brightly, featuring increasingly under new manager Julen Lopetegui. He has also shone for Spain under Luis Enrique as they destroyed World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0, scoring his first International goal.
Asensio has admitted that his long term goal is snapping up Ronaldo’s famous No 7 shirt. He also revealed what Zidane advised him before he left this summer.
He told Panenka magazine as quoted by Mirror: “I wouldn’t like to finish my career with the No.20 shirt. That says everything.
“If I would like to change? Yes. We will see what happens.
“With or without Cristiano, I was facing (the season) motivated by earning my place in the team and trying to be more important.”
“He always told me not to let people put things in my head, to not listen to what people say outside (the club),” he added.
“People talk a lot, especially at Real Madrid , where the expectations are high.
“He told me to focus on football, my family and to not lose what brought me to this point.”