Luis de la Fuente's La Roja roster for the Olympic Games includes three over-age players, including Marco Asensio.
After concluding their training in Benidorm, they are departing today for Japan. Asensio, a Balearic Islands native who plays for Real Madrid, has been chatting withDiario AS
about his eagerness for the tournament as well as his joy at working with
The transfer season is in full motion now thatEuro 2020
is passed. However, Asensio had no doubts about his future. When asked if he will be continuing at Madrid for the following season, he answered,
"Yes, for sure
"My intention is to continue at Real Madrid, to be great here and to contribute as best as I can. I feel that I still have a lot to give the club.
"As many already know, I'm a Madridista and I have been since I was little. I live this club, beyond just being a player, I really feel both victories and defeats. It's from the heart."
Los Blancos has seen a lot of changes this summer, with Ancelotti going back for the second time to succeed
"I had a little chat with [Ancelotti]," Asensio revealed. "He gave me a very good feeling, he has very clear ideas. He's a coach who's been at the greatest clubs in the world and has enjoyed good spells with each. He has a lot of experience and I'm sure I can learn a lot from him."
Asensio is already 25, but he has yet to live up to the enormous expectations that were put on him when he first came to prominence. Last season, he made 35 appearances for Real Madrid but did not play more than 2000 minutes, scoring five goals and assisting on two occasions. Despite the unreliability of competitors
, he was unable to establish himself as an indisputable starter.
Last season, Madrid was beaten on the last day of the La Liga by city rivals Atletico Madrid.