Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio ‘cannot imagine’ Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club and reinstated the Portuguese forward’s importance.
Reports have linked Ronaldo with an exit from the European champions this summer but Asensio – who will face him with Spain in this summer’s World Cup – was adamant about the future.
“I cannot imagine playing without Cristiano,” Asensio admitted in an interview with Marca, which led the paper’s coverage on Tuesday.
“He has been such an important player for us, he still is of course, and it seems impossible they will not go forward together.
“Are we similar players? Maybe, but I like to drop deeper and see more of the ball, whereas Cristiano is a much better finisher! But we are constantly adapting our games of course.
“Zidane’s exit? It shocked all of us, but my time spent with him has been really good and has benefitted my career a lot, similar to Julen Lopetegui with the national team.”