Real Madrid have decided to send youngster Marco Asensio on a one-year loan to a first division side. Los Blancos had first chosen to let Rafa Benitez assess the player for a few days, but now they have realized that sending him to a team where he can become a leader is the right option.
Asensio has recently impressed in the European Under-19 Championship, guiding the Spanish national team to their seventh title. Before that, he had an impressive season with Mallorca, becoming one of the best players of the Spanish second division.
Rafa Benitez requested the club to keep him for a few days during the pre-season, so Asensio will travel to Munich with the first squad to participate in the Audi Cup. He will make his debut for Real Madrid there before leaving on loan to another club.
Many European clubs have shown an interest in signing Asensio on loan, most of them La Liga clubs. Espanyol, Betis, Villarreal, Getafe and Rayo Vallecano are among the candidates to enjoy Asensio’s game next season.
Real Madrid signed Asensio from Mallorca last December in a 4.5-million-euro deal. The 19-year-old stayed at his hometown club for the remaining of the season and now he will join Los Blancos when he finishes his holidays –which will last longer than usual due to his participation in the European Under-19 Championship.
Real directors are convinced he will be a key piece in the future of the team and want him to move to a club where he can grow and develop his game. Rumours in Spain suggest Espanyol are favourites to land him as part of a secret deal between the clubs during Kiko Casilla transfer negotiations.