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Notes & Quotes: September 12, 2018

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Odriozola praises Asensio and two new transfer rumors emerge

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Odriozola believes Asensio can become an all-time Spanish great

Alvaro Odriozola had some high praise for his Spain and Real Madrid teammate Marco Asensio after defeating Croatia.

“I already knew him from the Under-21s.”

“I said back in the day that he’s going to be one of the best players in the history of Spanish football and he’s showing this. He has amazing quality and I predict a great season for him.”

This is some great admiration from Odriozola. Asensio was brilliant against Croatia, one of his best matches he’s ever had. He certainly has the capabilities and talent to be a big star for both Real and the Spanish squad throughout his career.

We’ll have to wait and see if Odriozola’s beliefs end up being verified as Asensio grows as a player for both club and country.

Hector Herrera linked to Real Madrid for next summer

According to a new report from AS, Porto’s Hector Herrera may be on Real Madrid’s radar for next summer’s window. Herrera has yet to sign an extension and he will be eligible for a pre-contract agreement in January if he fails to renew.

Herrera is currently 28 and plays for both Porto and the Mexican national team. The reason for these links may be from the fact that Lopetegui managed Herrera during his time at Porto.

Don’t know too much about Herrera’s skills, but if he’s available for a free next summer it’s really not a risk. He can always re-sign, which makes this report kind of irrelevant until January, if there’s even really any interest on Real’s part. We’ll just have to wait and see what transpires as the season moves on.

Neymar has 2019 move ‘agreed in principle’—report

And yet another transfer rumor, this time coming from French outlet Le10 Sport. The report says that both Real Madrid and Neymar’s father/manager have had ongoing talks and that an agreement is in principle for next summer.

Obviously, this means little if PSG have no interest in selling him. I still don’t buy that Real Madrid even want Neymar until otherwise seen. While he’s obviously a very talented player, I just don’t see him as a fit for this club.

He could help the club achieve some success certainly, but he’s not a player I can openly support. The consistent diving and selfishness overshadow how talented he actually is as a player, which is unfortunate.

It doesn’t help that Le10 Sport is highly unreliable, making up many false transfer rumors before. Take this with a grain of salt, there’s unlikely to be any deal in place between Real and Neymar’s father, if there’s even been any actual talks at all.