|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
2015 05 30 Retrieve
[It was the Blaugrana who had first approached Mallorca about signing the Palma native. Barca even met the islanders’ €4.5m asking price and Asensio reportedly even travelled to Catalunya to go house-hunting. However, when Mallorca asked that the money be paid up front in one instalment, the deal collapsed. It was at this point that tennis legend, Mallorca native and massive Madrid fan Rafael Nadal intervened] Rafa phoned (Real president) Florentino Perez and told him that they could not let me escape. In the winter, my agent called me to say Real Madrid were interested. Then Florentino called before a game to tell me I was going to be a Real Madrid player. Everything happened in one day: we travelled to Madrid, signed the contract, visited the Bernabeu and we returned to Mallorca to finish the season. It was all fast and intense, but the satisfaction was huge
[his dip in form could be partially linked to Zidane’s departure as coach and the decision to replace the Frenchman with Julen Lopetegui, and then Santiago Solari] I can be more decisive on the right flank or in the middle. If I play more on the right or in the middle, I have more chances to be decisive and get more involved
[Of course, he will face stiff competition for a starting spot from Gareth Bale and the outstanding young Brazilian wingers Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior] I feel very good. My adaptation has been good. The knee is responding well and the truth is that I am physically very well. I am back on the training pitch with my team-mates and that is the important thing. The wait was worth it
2017 09 16 Retrieve
[Marco Asensio tells about manager Zinedine Zidane’s high praise for his left foot] Zidane told me that since Messi, he had never seen a left foot like mine. I was a little impressed, because Messi is a piece of a footballer
2020 05 27 Retrieve
[Real Madrid attacker Asensio ready for La Liga run-in after knee injury] I feel very good. The first week was different when I returned to training, being with my team-mates. My adaptation has been good. The knee is responding well and the truth is that I am physically very well. The wait has been very long. I have worked a lot and, above all, I have had a lot of patience, because seeing your colleagues train every day while being in the physiotherapy room was something that hurt me a lot. I am already with my colleagues in the field and that is the important thing. The wait was worth it
We really want La Liga to start and to face those games that decide a title. We know that they are life-or-death matches. Every game we have to face it to the fullest, and we are going to try to win everything we have left
2020 06 19 Retrieve
[Asensio savours stunning return for Real Madrid] I really wanted to return. It has been many months of hard work. I am very happy to play, to score and for the team’s victory.
[On his goal] A lot of excitement and satisfaction, because there is a lot of work behind this. I am in the final stretch of the season.
[Spain international Asensio lauded Benzema, who became Madrid’s fifth all-time top goalscorer with 24, surpassing Ferenc Puskas] It was a great goal. He has made a great control and in general we have made a great match. We have nine finals left that we have to win. We are now focusing on the Real Sociedad match [on Sunday], which is the objective we have in mind