Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio has given a blunt response to rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona, according to a report in COPE.

Asensio,26, has dropped down the pecking order under manager Carlo Ancelotti with the likes of Rodrygo and Fede Valverde ahead of him in the right-wing position and that has affected his game time for the club which has direct impact on his selection for the Spanish national team ahead of the coming World Cup in Qatar.

When asked about the speculation linking him with a move to Camp Nou, Asensio responded “As of January I can sign for any club and it is normal for many rumours to come out,” he said.

“I’ve never thought about a future at Barça, I have not valued it… so, I don’t know!

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“Right now, I can’t answer. We’ll see what happens, you never know in the world of football. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Asensio also admitted he had chances to leave last summer but decided to stay after a chat with Carlo Ancelotti.

The forward has made four appearances this season but all of his outings have come as a substitute and has just a goal to his name this season, Asensio is out of contract in 2023 and there’s been speculation Barcelona is keeping tabs on his situation and could try to sign him on a free.

Asensio scored Real Madrid’s second goal against RB Leipzig in the Champions League from the bench to put the match to rest after his row with the coaching crew in the La Liga when he was an unused substitute in the league against Real Mallorca.

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