Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has decided to promote Marco Asensio as Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement in the team.

A host of names have been linked with Real Madrid including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard.

Hazard openly admitted he would like a move to Real but Chelsea have put a £177.9million price tag on him.

And as a result of Chelsea’s demands, Spanish newspaper Marca say manager Julen Lopetegui has assessed his squad over pre-season and decided on how he will replace Ronaldo.

It is claimed Lopetegui would rather use Asensio in his front three than spend a “ludicrous sum” on Hazard.

Real are said to have accepted the fact that Neymar won’t be joining them this summer but president Florentino Perez remains keen to bring the Brazilian to the club at some point.

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