Marco Asensio has extended his contract with Real Madrid by one year, tying him to the Santiago Bernabeu until 2023, the club announced on Thursday.
“Real Madrid C.F. and Asensio have agreed an extension to the player’s contract, binding him to the club until the 30th of June 2023,” read a statement on the club’s website.
Asensio, 21, signed from Real Mallorca in 2015 and burst onto the scene last season to quickly become a favourite with Madrid fans.
A scorer of one of Madrid’s goals in their 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in June, Asensio is just the latest in a long line of players to extend their contracts in the Spanish capital.
French defender Raphael Varane extended his contract to 2022 on Wednesday, while Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal have also extended their deals to 2022 over the past fortnight.
Meanwhile, Karim Benzema penned an extension to 2021.
Raphael Varane joined a host of his Real Madrid teammates in recent weeks by signing a five-year contract extension to 2022 on Wednesday.
“Real Madrid C. F. and Varane have agreed to extend the player’s contract, which will see him remain at the club until 30 June 2022,” the Spanish giants said in a statement.
Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal have also extended their deals to 2022 over the past fortnight, whilst Karim Benzema signed on till 2021 as Real reward key members of the squad that became the first side to retain the Champions League trophy in June.
A new contract for coach Zinedine Zidane is also imminent with the Frenchman repeatedly stating his deal is “done”, although no official announcement has yet been made.
Then in a previous role as a club adviser, Zidane played a key role in bringing Varane to Madrid as an 18-year-old back in 2011 from Lens.
The Frenchman has since blossomed into vital player for club and country making 196 appearances in total for Madrid.
Varane has won 13 trophies in his time at the Bernabeu, including three Champions League and two La Liga titles.
This season he has fully established himself as a first team regular alongside club captain Sergio Ramos at the heart of the Madrid defence following the departure of veteran Portuguese international Pepe.
A day after receiving a standing ovation from his former fans, Marcos Llorente became the latest player to commit his future to Real Madrid by signing a contract extension until the summer of 2021.
The aggressive central midfielder shot to prominence last season with an outstanding season on loan at Alaves, which was enough to convince Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to bring him back to the Bernabeu on a permanent basis.
This weekend Llorente was given a taste of action as a late substitute in his team’s 2-1 victory at Alaves, whose fans remembered the excellent work he had produced on their behalf last season with a rousing round of applause when he entered the field.
A few hours later Llorente’s enjoyable weekend continued as he put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension at the Bernabeu, and he admitted he had been touched to receive such heartfelt recognition from Alaves fans.
“They chanted my name and it was incredible to get that reception,” he beamed. “I had a great year with Alaves and I am very grateful. Going there and playing many games did me the world of good.”
Now, though, Llorente is focussed on establishing himself as a regular member of Zidane’s team, with his ability to provide cover and competition for Casemiro theoretically putting him in a great position to benefit from the coach’s rotation policy.
“It is difficult to get minutes here and I didn’t arrive with a set idea of how many minutes I wanted to play,” he said. “I just want to grow and take advantage of the chances the coach gives me.”
Llorente also revealed he has received some clear and direct advice from Zidane, who clearly wants the young midfielder to keep things simple and help out in the defensive aspects of the game.
“Zidane has just asked me to do what I did at Alaves,” he said. “Keep running, defend and attack, and work hard in training.
“I can’t wait to grow with this club but I know I must be patient. I am young and there is strong competition here.”