Asensio reveals Barcelona snub

Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio reveals he turned down the chance to sign for Barcelona before deciding to join Los Blancos.

The 20-year-old has been in sparkling form for Real at the start of the new season, starting both of the club's Primera Division games and grabbing a goal in the 3-0 demolition of Real Sociedad on the opening day of the season.

His performances have earned him a call-up to the Spain squad for the international friendly against Belgium on Thursday and World Cup qualifier versus Liechtenstein the following Monday, as his star continues to rise at a rapid rate.

"There was the chance to go to Barca and other teams," Asensio revealed to El Larguero. "I was able to decide and I came to Madrid.

"I want to win all the titles and to be an example for the team and the fans. I want my story to be at Real Madrid.

"Before pre-season I made it clear I wanted to be here. If I hadn't had minutes I would have left.

"After pre-season Zidane told me he wanted me to stay."

Despite claiming a starting role over Isco and James Rodriguez, who are headed towards the exit door if rumours are to be believed, the young midfielder is adamant he's not there to replace anyone, but rather to fulfil his role in the squad.

"I haven't come to take their place, I am here to help. If the Coach decides to put me ahead of other players, it is his decision," the youngster concluded.