Marco Asensio still has unfinished business at Real Madrid.
The forward came with extremely high hopes of succeeding and creating history at the club, and although he started like a man possessed, his career trajectory has somewhat stalled in the capital.
A serious injury during the pre-season of the 2019-20 season meant Asensio would miss the entire season, but in the end, due to Covid-19 and the return to football, the former Mallorca man was given an opportunity to make his long-awaited return.
He’s now a pivotal member of the squad for Zinedine Zidane, who’s a huge admirer of the player, but now soon to be 25 years old, his time to prove his worth is fast running out. At a club which has younger players bought for large transfer fees, and with Madrid still being linked to others too, this season will be crucial for Asensio to hit the correct notes in order to cement his place in Zidane’s plans.
And during the current international break, Asensio sat down with Spanish programme El Transistor and spoke on a number of topics:
On Luis Enrique’s comments about sitting at home watching Netflix
“When he said that I was not watching a series, I was feeling bad with a flu. It’s natural that he didn’t like that question because I know he doesn’t like talking about people who haven’t been called up. I have a very good relationship with him, he’s a great guy and is rather funny.”
On the work he needs to do to get into the Euro 2021 plans
“It’s a bit strange these days because it’s been a long time since I’ve been called up for the national team, but I’ll keep working to get back. I enjoyed the two games, they were different because the opponent also influences your style, but Luis Enrique’s team always goes out to win.”
On the injury and how it changed him
“It is an experience that has strengthened me in all ways. The injury has changed me, every day is a battle against yourself, trying to improve. Every day there is a different goal because if not, you take a step back in the recovery process. There have been many days when I’ve asked myself if I’d ever play football again. There have also been good and exciting moments that I will never forget. The simple fact of walking without it hurting at all was an incredible moment. Then I started running, playing again and scoring after 25 seconds.”
On Zinedine Zidane as a head coach
“When I returned to Madrid in 2016, I knew I had to have a good pre-season to convince Zidane. He told that I was going to be a starter in the European Super Cup, and that he was counting on me. Zidane is very sincere, he brings a lot of calmness, and he is a great coach who has delivered many titles for Madrid, every year surpassing himself. When I was a child, I had a poster of his 2002 Champions League volley in my room.”
On Eden Hazard regaining confidence
“Hazard is in good spirits, he seems very well. It’s difficult for him because he has not been used to injuries and it’s just bad luck what has happened to him. As soon as he feels good, I’m sure he’ll regain his confidence quickly.”