Del Bosque ‘nearly called up Asensio’

Former Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque has revealed he nearly named Real Madrid youngster Marco Asensio in his Euro 2016 squad.

Asensio spent last season at Espanyol and is now back with Los Blancos but was close to going to France with the senior national team, Del Bosque confirmed.

“We were about to take him to the Euros but in the end we decided not to because the competition was so big. He’s the biggest talent in Spain. He has a lot of quality, but it’s not my decision if he’s in the Madrid first team,” AS quotes Del Bosque as saying regarding the winger.

Del Bosque also spoke of his successor on the Roja bench, Julen Lopetegui and if he believes he’ll return to coaching.

“I don’t want to be absolute, but I don’t see myself coaching. Of course, I’ll always be close to football, it’s been my passion and my profession,” he noted.

“Lopetegui? He’s got knowledge, enthusiasm and vitality. I had him as a player at Castilla and we have worked together. He’s a great choice, but I had nothing to do with his appointment, because I liked all the candidates.”

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