Carlo Ancelotti has told disgruntled Marco Asensio “to put up with it” after being left out of the Real Madrid starting line-up.
The 26-year-old let his frustrations be seen at the weekend when he was seen kicking anything and everything in sight on the Madrid substitutes bench. The midfielder was again an oversight for Ancelotti has Real Madrid came from behind to beat Real Mallorca 4-1.
Asensio had been asked to warm-up but he was overlooked by Ancelotti, who made a number of changes, leaving the player stranded on the bench yet again.
The former Mallorca man has played just 17 minutes of Real’s seven games to date. And his frustration has been evident.
Asensio was searching for a way out in the transfer window. Nothing materialised though for the Spain star and Ancelotti still prefers the likes of Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga to Asensio.
Ancelotti was ‘fine’ with Asensio’s actions at the weekend, saying: “I’m totally in agreement with his anger.”
The Italian was also happy to keep Asensio over the summer, despite the player’s desire to move on.
Asked about the situation on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, Ancelotti said: “You cannot consider him young-young nor a veteran. At this moment he has to put up with it, he is doing well.
“The reaction to his [outburst of] frustration has been very good, he trained very well yesterday and he has done very well today,” he said, via Marca.
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“This is what has to happen when a player gets angry. There are two reactions, train better or give up. He has a chance to play tomorrow.”
Arsenal were understood to be interested in Asensio over the summer, but no offer was made. Now Manchester United have been labelled the primary English suitors for Asensio.
According to CaughtOffside, who cite reports in Spain, the Red Devils have shown an interest in taking the winger.
However, Real’s deadly rivals Barcelona are also believed to be sniffing around the unsettled star. Madrid-Barca transfers are notoriously difficult though because of the animosity between the two LaLiga clubs.
The last direct deal between the two clubs was in 2007. Argentinian Javier Saviola jumped ship from Barcelona to Real Madrid. And he later revealed Xavi told him he would lose him as a friend if he made the transfer.
Those politics will give hope to the Premier League pair if they are to pursue Asensio in January.