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Real Madrid have a number of top quality players on their fringes at the moment, so it's no surprise that clubs all over Europe are keen to take them away and give them the regular game time they deserve.

But that's the risk of signing for a club like Real Madrid. The riches and opportunity to further a career can often prove too difficult to turn down, but with so many world class players ahead of them, their chances at becoming a regular can be limited.

It's something that James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovačić, Alvaro Morata and Isco have all found out the hard way over the past two seasons, and it's something that Marco Asensio is trying to combat.

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The 21-year-old arrived at the Bernabeu in the summer of 2014 as a hot prospect from Real Mallorca, but has spent the past two seasons away on loan back at his former club and at Espanyol.

However, after impressing during his time away coach Zinedine Zidane has sought to bring him back into the side and has been rewarded with a string of fine performances.

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So far, the one-cap Spanish international has hit a total of nine goals in 29 appearances across all competitions, including one during the midweek clash against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Zidane is said to be a big admirer of the player, and wants to continue bringing him into the team on a regular basis, so much so that he even knocked back a €50million offer from Liverpool for his signature.

According to a report in Copa (via Sport), The Reds were prepared to spend big money on bringing him to Anfield, only to be told that he was not for sale at any price as Zidane wants him in the squad next term.

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Real president Florentino Perez had been prepared to let him go out on loan again, but Zidane was even against that idea and the club are now said to be working on a new contract to reward him for his fine form.

Currently, Asensio is contracted to the capital club until 2022 on a deal that sees him earn €1.5m-a-year. Zidane wants to keep him so much that he's prepared to offer him both a rise in salary as well as a new release clause.

He's a player of undoubted quality, and under Zidane's guidance there's no telling how far he could go. Whether Liverpool come back in with an improved offer remains to be seen, but only time will tell.

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