Tennis Star Rafael Nadal could have a career in football scouting when he retires from tennis, according to an anecdote from Real Madrid striker Marco Asensio.
The Spain International [Asencio] has revealed how the Spaniard Rafael Nadal helped to convince Real Madrid to sign him from Real Mallorca.
The former Espanyol player completed a move to the Spanish League champions in 2015 and has established himself as a key part of manager Zinedine Zidane's plans this season, having spent last season on loan at Espanyol.
The 21-year-old has claimed that 14-time major-winner Nadal – born in Mallorca and a lifelong Real Madrid fan – spoke to president Florentino Perez to assure that the transfer went ahead.
"That story is true," The midfielder told Real Madrid TV. "He called Florentino and told him to snap me up.
"That winter  my agent told me that Real Madrid were interested in me. Several clubs were calling and it was a bit hectic, but one day before a game Florentino called me and said I was going to be a Real Madrid player.
"It all happened in a single day: we went to Madrid, I signed the contract, we were shown round the [Santiago] Bernabeu and [the training ground in] Valdebebas and then we went back to Mallorca to finish the season.
"It all happened very quickly and it was intense, but I felt a huge sense of satisfaction." Asensio added.
The playmaker has made 37 appearances for Real Madrid this season in all competitions, netting nine goals.