Marco Asensio looking to become a more important player for Real Madrid and Spain

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Asensio is looking to turn into a proper Real Madrid star.

Marco Asensio has already established himself as one of Real Madrid‘s rising stars, but he’s looking to go beyond that this season.

The Spaniard played the full 90 minutes in Los Blancos’ 2-0 win over Getafe last Sunday as the European champions got their La Liga campaign off to a fine start.

“My first aim is always to triumph at Real Madrid, and then you never know what can happen,” he said to GQ when asked about his future.

“I have already had the opportunity to be a starter in very important matches in both Madrid and the national team and I hope that each time I can become more important and play more regularly for both.”

“I try not to pay too much attention to the expectations placed on me.

“It is normal that so many have been generated because I have had two very good years at Real Madrid.

“I just hope to keep surpassing these expectations.”

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Hello Madridistas!

It’s Stuart Appleby here bringing you all your Los Blancos news on Wednesday.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day via Twitter and Facebook.

12:38am – La Liga players could strike over controversial La Liga USA plans

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The Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) threatened on Wednesday to strike over controversial plans to play a La Liga match in the United States during 2018/19.

The AFE maintained its stance against La Liga’s decision and said they were “willing to go as far as it takes”.

Read here for more details.

11:22pm – Missing man Fabio Coentrao responds to AWOL accusations

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Fabio Coentrao has responded to claims he had gone AWOL from Real Madrid training by posting pictures of himself at the club’s training ground on his Twitter page.

Read more here.

8:38pm – Chelsea concerned Real Madrid could still swoop for Eden Hazard

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Chelsea appear to have kept hold of their prized asset for the next few months – but club hierarchy remain concerned that Real Madrid could still swoop for Eden Hazard before the European transfer window slams shut.

Read the full story right here.

6:55pm – Cristiano Ronaldo believes he has found the new Cristiano Ronaldo

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Many players have tried and failed to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Juventus star believes he has found the new Ronaldo – and he lives with him.

The 33-year-old Portugal star says that his eight-year-old son, Cristiano Jr, is also a promising footballer and is convinced he will emulate his father in the future.

Read what Ronaldo Sr had to say about Ronaldo Jr here.

5:13pm – Robert Lewandowski opens up on possible Bayern Munich departure

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has hit out at the club’s hierarchy and hinted that he may move on at the end of this season – but insists support from the fans has reignited his desire to win titles again this season with the Bavarian giants.

Real Madrid target Lewandowski, who turned 30 on Tuesday, has won eight titles in four years with Bayern, but was widely criticised in April and May after failing to score in the quarter and semi-finals of the Champions League, against Sevilla and Real Madrid respectively, in two-legged ties.

Read more about this story here.

5:09pm – Cristiano Ronaldo focused but not obsessed with winning Champions League at Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo is focusing on joining Clarence Seedorf as the only player to have won the Champions League with three different teams now that he’s joined Juventus – but he insists he is not obsessing over it.

Ronaldo has lifted a record five Champions Leagues titles – four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.

Read more on this story here.

4:00pm – Los Blancos train ahead of Girona away trip

The Whites travel to minnows Girona on Sunday night in La Liga and have been putting in the hard yards at Valdebebas today.

1:08pm – La Liga captains to disapprove of game being played in North America

All 20 La Liga captains, including Sergio Ramos, are co-signing a letter on behalf of the Spanish players’ association stating their disapproval of the league’s plans to potentially play a regular season game in Canada or the USA.

Read more here.

10:00am – Rodrigo still on Real’s radar

Real Madrid will have to shell out €120m if they want to sign Valencia and Spain star Rodrigo before the August transfer window deadline slams shut.

We bring you more on this transfer story, here.

On the scoresheet: Rodrigo netted against Atletico Madrid last weekend.

On the scoresheet: Rodrigo netted against Atletico Madrid last weekend.

9.30am – Whites linked with Alonso move

Chelsea could face a fight to keep hold of in-form wing-back Marcos Alonso, according to AS.

Read more, here.

In-demand: Marcos Alonso.

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Fabio Coentrao posts training pictures amid reports of going AWOL from Real Madrid

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Fabio Coentrao has responded to claims he had gone AWOL from Real Madrid training by posting pictures of himself at the club’s training ground on his Twitter page.

Spanish publication AS had published an article earlier on Wednesday questioning the defender’s whereabouts, while other reports claimed the 30-year-old has not trained with Real all summer after returning from a one-year loan spell at Sporting Lisbon, despite having one year remaining on his seven-year contract.

Coentrao responded by posting pictures of himself working out at Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground on his Twitter and Instagram page, which had remained inactive for more than 60 days.

Up to this point, the Portuguese player had not been seen at Valdebebas, together with the rest of the squad.

Two photos posted on his social media accounts showed him training alone with fitness coach Javier Mallo, accompanied with a message taking aim at the earlier media reports: “Training session, ✓; Real Madrid, ✓; Press, X”.

It remains to be seen if Coentrao will form part of Julen Lopetegui’s plans this season.

Diario AS say he had not been seen in the last 62 days since appearing for Sporting in their Portuguese Cup final against Aves and had been inactive on social media.

Reports suggest he has been training with a personal trainer. Another report summarised his total cost to Los Blancos which has been a whopping €55m (€30m transfer fee, €25m in wages).

Coentrao originally joined Madrid in 2011 but has made only 43 La Liga starts for the European champions.

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