Real Madrid star Marco Asensio is rumoured to be unhappy with his lack of playing time at the Santiago Bernabéu so far this season.
That's according to a report by journalist Anton Meana on Spanish sports radio station El Larguero, where the former described the attacking midfielder as 'no case Asensio'. The report also suggests that the 25-year-old had chances to leave the capital this summer but decided to stay and fight for his place.
"As many already know, I'm a Madridsta and I have been since I was little. I live this club, beyond just being a player. I really feel both victories and defeats. It's from the heart."
However, should Asensio continue to stay on the fringes of Carlo Ancelotti's first team, Meana claims a showdown between the manager and player will take place which will determine where the former Mallorca man's future lies.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2014 (in a transfer which Los Blancos president Florentino Perez says was helped by tennis legend Rafael Nadal), Asensio has enjoyed great success, winning two La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, two Super Cups and a hat-trick of FIFA Club World Cups.
However, it seems like irrespective of what he has achieved in the past, his manager doesn't appear to fancy him. This is extremely odd considering Ancelotti was the man who brought Asensio to the club during the former's first spell in charge between 2013 and 2015 - and because of how positive the Spain international was about the Italian's return in the summer.
"He (Ancelotti) gave me a very good feeling," Asensio said in July. "He has very clever ideas. He's a coach who's been at the greatest clubs in the world and has enjoyed good spells with each.
"He has a lot of experience and I'm sure I can learn a lot from him."
With the season still in its early stages, Asensio has plenty of time to re-establish himself as a key part of Ancelotti's plans.
However, should he continue to miss out on the action throughout the autumn, expect to see this story surface again pretty soon.
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