Marco Asensio was considering leaving Real Madrid on loan before Carlo Ancelotti told the midfielder to stay with the LaLiga leaders.
The Spain international was concerned that his first-team opportunities would be limited this season due to the options at Ancelotti’s disposal in his second spell as Madrid boss.
Liverpool were among the clubs linked with Asensio, but the 25-year-old was still with Los Blancos when the transfer window closed at the end of last month.
Asensio, who missed most of the 2019-20 due to a knee injury, marked his first start of the season with a hat-trick in a 6-1 LaLiga hammering of his former club Real Mallorca on Wednesday.
Horacio Gaggioli, Asensio’s agent, has revealed it could have been a very different story.
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“We had been considering a loan for him to get back in form as soon as possible, either in Spain or abroad,” he told Cadena SER’s El Larguero show.
“There were no problems in that sense. But four days ago, Carletto (Ancelotti) told him to stay.
“We knew the quality Real Madrid had in midfield, probably the best in the world. So where would he play? It’s not that we had no faith in him, because he can also play on the wing.
“But we knew that the year after the injury was going to be difficult and Real Madrid can’t wait for anybody. They have to win every week and recovering from an injury isn’t easy at Real Madrid.”
Gaggioli says Asensio had no desire to leave the Spanish capital, adding: “We cannot be more grateful to Real Madrid.”
With his treble against Mallorca, Asensio became the sixth Spanish player to score a hat-trick for Madrid in LaLiga this century and the first since Alvaro Morata in April 2017.
He has two years to run on his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and Ancelotti insists the versatile midfielder has a big role to play.
“Marco was important to us even before the Mallorca game,” Ancelotti said on Friday. “He has shown his quality for us. He can play in different positions and is a very important player in the squad.”
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