Real Madrid news: Marco Asensio makes Cristiano Ronaldo shirt number jibe

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REAL MADRID star Marco Asensio has hinted that he is unhappy he wasn’t offered Cristiano Ronaldo’s old No 7 shirt.

The iconic number was freed up after the Portuguese star joined Juventus this summer.
 
Striker Mariano Diaz was re-signed from Lyon and inherited the historic jersey which has also been worn by Raul.
 
 
Now Asensio, who is seen as the future for Real Madrid and Spain, has hinted that he is unhappy with the decision.
 
"I wouldn't want to finish my career with the number 20 shirt, I say everything with that,” Asensio said.
“If I wanted to change it? Yes, we will see what happens.
 
"With Cristiano or without him I have the same aim of having a first-team place and being important.
 
“So far so good, I have started the season well and I am working well."
 
The current Real No 20 scored one and assisted three goals in Spain’s 6-0 UEFA Nations League win over Croatia.
Asensio
His rise to stardom comes courtesy of consistent game time with Mallorca and a loan spell with Espanyol.
 
Things could have been different for the Spanish international after he nearly joined Barcelona for £4m from his boyhood club.
 
"In spite of having a lot of good offers we stood firm, we wanted to stay at Mallorca and complete this stage of my development," Asensio added.
 
"We thought I could develop as well at Mallorca as at another club and that was the case.
“The target was to get to the first team which is what happened.
Asensio
 
“It is not the same the pressure at Madrid and Mallorca where they would say 'run lad, you are playing with the money for my kids.'"
 
The 22-year-old has also previously been linked with a move to Liverpool.
 
The player now seems set to stay at Real Madrid and is a big part of Julen Lopetegui’s plans.
Asensio
Los Blancos have won all three of their La Liga matches this season and Asensio has started every one.
 
He has more often than not found himself playing out wide as opposed to in his preferred No 10 role.
 
Asensio has managed 21 goals in 95 appearances for the Spanish giants so far, his most notable strike was in the 2017 Champions League final v Juventus.
 
The attacker signed a bumper six-year contract last year, which contains a reported buy-out clause of £442m.

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