Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio was rumoured to be of interest away from the Santiago Bernabau, following a disappointing campaign under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
The Spanish international failed to replicate a form similar to that which helped Madrid to three straight Champions League trophy, with the player’s agent now revealing he had massive offers to quit the club.
According to the midfielder’s agent Horacio Gaggioli, the club turned down offers of €150m & €180m, and now look even less likely to cash in on the attacker, having successfully seen the return of Zinedine Zidane to the club.
“Over the last year there have been offers as high as €150m and €180m, but Madrid did not want to listen to them,” Gaggioli told ESPN.
“There is always interest in Marco from other big clubs, seeing if he wanted to leave, which is normal for the player he is.
“But he always says that he is very happy with Madrid, is only interested in being a success there. He is still a young kid, improving all the time, and the club is very happy with him too.”
He added: “This year it has been difficult for everyone at Madrid, it has not been a good year for anyone at the club.
“These things can happen in football – the whole team dropped their level, not just Marco.
“Maybe there was more a focus on Asensio as he had shown such a high level before, there was lots of expectation, and it has not worked out this year. But on an individual level it is not easy if the team is not playing well.
“It does not matter who you are, whether you are Lionel Messi or Diego Maradona. But Marco has played well with Spain, has become a regular with the senior international team.
“He is just thinking now about next season, and winning things again with Real Madrid.”