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This is Asensio's last chance saloon at Real Madrid

Marco Asensio was linked with a summer exit all through the entirety of the transfer window, but the Spanish attacker will be remaining in Real Madrid until at least January.

With just a year left on his current deal, the 26-year-old will become a free agent at the end of 2022-23, and despite his inability to earn himself desired regular playing minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent seasons, the Palma-born will not be short of top suitors across Europe once his signature is available in exchange for zero transfer fees.

However, could Asensio turn things around in the coming months and get his career to oversee a huge upswing in fortunes?

At the moment, the former Mallorca winger is not in Carlo Ancelotti's starting XI, with just eight minutes of La Liga action under his belt so far in the new campaign.

It is widely believed that Los Blancos would have been very much willing to cash in on him had some decent transfer bids come in during the window, as opposed to losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

While that indicates that a new deal at the Bernabeu is far from being on the table for the player, La Liga Odds reckons it cannot be entirely ruled out if he somehow manages to impress and blow everyone's minds away this season.

It is pertinent to note that Asensio's return in front of goal in the La Liga last season is still his best in his career.

The Spaniard bagged 10 goals in 31 games (19 starts), and only Karim Benzema (27 goals) and Vinicius Junior (17 goals) scored more than him as Madrid won their 35th top-flight title.

He scored once in each of the other two competitions too, ending up as the club's third highest goalscorer of the campaign, but the heroics of the French striker, and Brazilian duo Vinicius and Rodrygo, especially in the knockout stages of the Champions League overshadowed the solid individual campaign he had.

Asensio's chances of forcing himself into the team's XI are as slim as they come.

He has never quite managed to do that regardless of which attacking players were competing with him for regular playing minutes, and the huge potential and talents of Vinicius and Rodrygo even make that harder.

However, if he takes his chances and helps the team with more goals and more assists anytime he is called into action, Asensio can turn himself into a key player for this great club.

It is his last chance to do so and earn himself a new deal, but having won three titles and three Champions League trophies in six seasons at the club, just maybe the motivation is no longer there.

Becoming a regular for club and country is something Asensio has never done in his career, but the truth is that he has not particularly lived up to expectations and fulfilled the great potential he showed back in the days.

He was tipped to become a world-class player during his early years at the club, but that has not happened, and question remains on whether it can.

Playing regularly elsewhere could be more appealing to Asensio, and there are a lot of clubs where he will walk straight into their starting XI.

However, whether he will get to compete for major honours every season like he has done at Madrid remains to be seen.

A lot of players want to play for inarguably the best club on the planet, and a player approaching his prime years should be doing all he can to extend his stay and prove that he can go down in the club folklore as a legend.

At the end of the day, it is down to Asensio to decide what is best for his future, though, and how he fares on the pitch in the next eight to nine months will determine a whole lot of things come the end of the season.

Madrid have always been a very competitive side filled with the best players on the planet fighting for chances to be regulars and permanent fixtures on the team's matchday sheets.

Asensio has struggled to win that battle for so long, and should he leave next summer at the end of his deal, he will still be widely regarded as a hero by a lot of the fans.