Real Madrid could be on the verge of losing its most promising youngster, Marco Asencio, after the Spaniard demanded more playing time following Manchester City’s interest in him.

The 21-year-old has only started four La Liga games this season despite Los Blancos’ struggles, and has netted more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema combined.

Zinedine Zidane still does not have enough faith in Asensio to start him every week though, and this has forced the midfielder to turn to club president Florentino Perez in an attempt to engineer more minutes on the pitch.

Perez convinced the Spain international to commit to a long-term contract until 2023 in the summer, and he wants to stay at the Bernabeu despite several big European clubs registering an interest in him.

Should his situation not change though, Asensio has indicated that he would be willing to make a big money move to Manchester City to work under Pep Guardiola, according to Diario Gol.

The City boss is a huge admirer of Asesnsio and can offer him regular football in one of the most exciting sides in the world that looks set to be a major force domestically and in Europe.

It is rumoured that Asensio is one of several Spanish players at the club disillusioned with the attitude of Ronaldo, in a rift that is threatening to completely derail their season as they look to get the defence of their La Liga and Champions League titles back on track.

Author: Yemi Olarinre