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Ancelotti and Benzema speak following double swoop at UEFA awards

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The UEFA Champions League draw sees defending champions Real Madrid pitted against relatively easy opposition in Group F. Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Leipzig and Celtic are the teams that constitute Los Blancos‘ group as decided in the draw conducted in Istanbul.

As a part of the same event, UEFA also awarded its various awards for the previous season to acknowledge the individuals who excelled on various fronts. Needless to say, Real Madrid was well represented on the podium.

Karim Benzema was officially declared the UEFA Player of the Year after a spectacular season where he led his team to the UCL title almost single-handedly.

The Frenchman expressed his gratitude to the club and manager amongst others and shared his thoughts on why he had a phenomenal run last year.

“I would like to thank my teammates, my coach and the president. Without the president of Real Madrid and Ancelotti, I would not have won this award. We at Real Madrid do not know how to give up, we fight for everything until the last moment,” he said, as quoted by RM4Arab.

He had only praise for his manager Carlo Ancelotti and said it was his fortune to work under the Italian.

“Ancelotti, in my opinion, is the best coach in the world. I’m very fortunate to play under Ancelotti and I hope he stays at Real Madrid for as long as possible.”

Ancelotti, too, had an honour to his name as he picked up the UEFA Best Men’s Coach award. The Real Madrid coach conveyed his gratitude while collecting the award as follows,

“Thank you to UEFA for this award. What a night! It has been an incredible season. I want to thank Sachi, my teacher. I would like to thank the players, the clubs, the fans, my family, the staff and the president. I want to thank everyone for this award.”

Then, the coach spoke about what made his team special and separated them from other elite European sides.

“I have a crazy passion for this sport. The quality of our players has been great last season. There was a great relationship and bonding with the experienced and young players and this helped us a lot as we reached and achieved the desired goal. The fans helped us a lot and were a key factor in our success.”

Finally, Ancelotti gave his view on Karim Benzema’s imperious form last year which made him the favourite to pick up the best player award.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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