Asensio has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the Real Madrid team over the past couple of seasons given intense competition from Isco, Gareth Bale, Luis Vazquez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Today Real Madrid want to give thanks to a player who has demonstrated he is the best in the world and who marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and world football", European champions Real Madrid said in a statement. And that's exactly what Ronaldo, the player and the brand, will bring to the Italian club. The Portugal star has served for 9 years at Real Madrid. They have been nine extraordinary years.
The Portugal worldwide scored two goals against Juventus in Real's 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.
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Russia's run to the quarter-finals, which included a shock defeat of Spain in the last round, has been unexpected. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia had never managed to go past the group stage.
"I have enjoyed nine wonderful years at the club".
Before the France match, he has even openly been flirting with a Real move after saying: "Zidane or no Zidane, the white jersey [of Real] is special but the blue jersey suits me well so it does not bother me if I stay".
Belgium turned around a 2-0 deficit to beat Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 and then followed that up with a 2-1 win over five-time World champions Brazil in the quarter-finals.
"I have reflected a lot and I know that the time has come for change". This is how I feel, and I hope the fans can understand this.