Liverpool target Asensio reveals ‘first option’ for future

Ian Watson

Marco Asensio says his first preference is to “triumph at Real Madrid” rather than make a big-money move.

It was reported earlier this summer by Mundo Deportivo that Liverpool had lodged a €180m bid for the Spain star, while Chelsea were also linked with a move.

Asensio made just a one-minute substitute appearance in the Champions League final win over Liverpool and the 22-year-old was understood to be seeking assurances over his game time during talks with new Real boss Julen Lopetegui.

The attacker is still hoping to thrive at the Bernabeu.

“My first option is always to triumph at Real Madrid. After that, you never know what can happen,” he told GQ.

“Real Madrid are the most successful club in the world and from the start you know you have to be prepared and to give everything for the shirt.

“I try not to focus too much on the expectations there are of me. It’s normal for so much to be generated, because they’ve been two really good years at Real Madrid. I just hope to keep getting better.”