Marco Asensio did not exercise yesterday, but from the RFEF he calmed down: simple precaution. Asensio arrives in Qatar more connected than ever and with news in his role, after shining against Jordan in a False 9 position that, at least in that friendly, came to the hair of the Mallorcan attacker. Asensio ends his contract with Real Madrid next June and days after finishing competing with Spain he will be free to negotiate the future. His contractual situation therefore remains on standby. And with the latent danger that a great World Cup will trigger the price and cachet of a footballer who is still quite young (26 years old) and with conditions that can still fully explode at any time. With the 10 behind him, which unconsciously casts more eyes on his shop window, Luis Enrique subscribes to the theory that the footballer has before him the chance of his life in this tournament: “He has been superb, on another level. He has been very good as a nine, beyond the fact that we try to correct his mobility so that he appears where we want; and then in the second part we tried it indoors and I loved it. With that attitude he can play whatever he wants , ”said the Asturian about Marco after the match against the Jordanians. A few months ago, the player from the Balearic Islands did not have a guaranteed place in the World Cup. Right now he even aims to make a place in the eleven of the premiere, next Wednesday against Costa Rica.
Asensio arrives fresh but with a spark, with that balance that gives the hunger that comes from having played for quite a while without Ancelotti granting him ownership. He adds performances in 9 league games and six in the Champions League, but just 426 minutes in total. All in all, his level of contribution is not negligible: 3 goals and 3 assists during that short playing time.