Marco Asensio sees his future at Real Madrid, despite what mounting transfer talk may suggest, with there a desire on his part to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo.The 22-year-old playmaker has taken on a more prominent role at the Santiago Bernabeu, with his ongoing development allowing him to become a key creative influence.He has passed the 100-appearance mark for Madrid this term and is among those the Blancos are looking to for attacking inspiration. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Somebody is required to fill the void created by Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus, with a new talisman being sought, and Asensio believes he is the man for the job.“Why not, for sure,” the Spain international told Marca.“At the end of the day, of course I want to continue to be successful at Madrid, I want to be important here, I have never hidden from that.“I have been a Madridista since I was young, I always wanted to play for Real Madrid and now that I have the opportunity to be important here I want to take it.”Quizzed on the position he would like to play in order to become Madrid’s on-field leader, Asensio added: “I won’t lie, my favourite is 10 and whenever I’ve been able to I’ve worn that.“Now it’s in the hands of Luka [Modric] who still has many years ahead at Real Madrid but of course I would like to have it in the future.”With Asensio facing competition for his preferred role and Madrid having endured a testing 2018-19 campaign to date, it has been suggested that more sales could be on the cards.Reports have claimed that Asensio may be tempted to follow Ronaldo to Juventus, but he insists there is no substance to the rumours as he has never looked for a move or received any offers.“No, they don’t come to me,” he added.“That’s for my agent. I don’t think about anything other than focusing at Real Madrid. I have made it clear that I want to succeed at Real Madrid and continue here.”While eager to stay put, Asensio could see more top talent drafted into his area of the field during upcoming transfer windows.Talk of a big-money approach for Chelsea star Eden Hazard refuses to go away, with the Belgian considered to fit the ‘Galactico’ mould.“It’s speculation. We will see if anyone comes, but right now it’s just speculation,” Asensio said as he seeks to focus on the present and ignore the incessant rounds of gossip in the Spanish capital.
Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been handed a 10-year ban by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the league in 2017, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.Jamshed did not participate in the first two editions of the PSL but it was alleged that he played a major role in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the tournament.Jamshed, who played 48 One-Day Internationals and two Tests, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February 2017 for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation.According to PCB’s chargesheet, Nasir convinced four cricketers through an agent, Muhammad Yousuf, to get involved in the spot-fixing scandal in the second season of the PSL in February last year.PCB’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi said Jamshed was the “lynchpin” in the scandal.”The tribunal has reached the verdict that the PCB’s multiple charges against Nasir Jamshed have been proved and he was banned for 10 years,” Rizvi told reporters.”He will not be allowed to be involved with cricket or cricket administration even after his period of ban is over.”Jamshed who once scored three back-to-back ODI hundreds against India in 2012/13 has denied his involvement in the PSL spot-fixing scandal which has already led to bans ranging from five years to six months on Pakistani players, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Muhammad Irfan.Jamshed has termed the charges against him as flimsy and ridiculous but he is also under investigation by the UK’s National Crime Agency after the PSL and the agency has withheld his passport till the investigation continues.advertisementNasir last played for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup with his selection causing a lot of controversy while his last appearance in domestic match in Pakistan was in December, 2016.(With Reuters inputs)