Asensio targets regular role

28 December 2017 10:46:01 EST

Marco Asensio has set his sights on a more regular role in Real Madrid's quest for trophies in 2018.

After netting the final goal in last season's 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus, the youngster added to his burgeoning reputation by starring for Spain's under-21s as they eventually lost to Germany in the final of the European Championships in Poland.

Asensio maintained his form in the opening weeks of the season, netting in both legs of the Supercopa de Espana win over Barcelona.

However, his star has waned in recent months and he has found himself having to play second fiddle to Los Blancos' more established names.

I work hard every day to earn more minutes.

Marco Asensio

Inevitably, rumours have started to circulate about his future and it has been suggested he could look to move on after starting just 22 of his side's 63 games in 2017.

A place at the 2018 World Cup is on the line for the 21-year-old playmaker and Real's poor form heading into the winter break is unlikely to persuade Zinedine Zidane to blood his youngsters on a more regular basis.

Despite his lack of exposure, Asensio says he is unwilling to consider offers from elsewhere, as his main goal is to help his boyhood club rediscover their form.

"It is difficult to manage a squad as good as our one, but Zidane knows he can count on me," he told Club del Deportista.

"I work hard every day to earn more minutes, but I am aware of where I am.

"I am at the best club in the world and I am happy at Real Madrid."

Real entered the winter break 14 points behind bitter rival Barcelona and are 4500/1 to retain their domestic crown and 4/6 to win a record third straight Champions League.

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