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Marco Asensio hoping for more significant role at Real Madrid

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One player looking to benefit from Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit at Real Madrid is Marco Asensio

The Spain international started just 19 of his 32 league appearances last season.

However, under new boss Julen Lopetegui, things look set to change for Asensio after starting in Real’s opening day 2-0 win over Getafe last week.

“I have already had the opportunity to be a starter in very important matches in both Madrid and the national team and I hope that I can become more important and play more regularly for both,” he told GQ, via Xinhuanet.

Asensio normaly plays as a central midfielder.

But he has partnered Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema up front for Real in Lopetegui’s first games in charge.

“I can play in any position in the attacking zone, but I don’t like to be in a fixed position; I need the freedom to move around and create,” commented Asensio.

As for expectations this season, he added: “I try not to pay too much attention to the expectations placed on me.”

Real will face an away trip to Girona for Sunday’s second La Liga fixture.