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Ancelotti clarifies statements about Real Madrid’s FIFA Club World Cup participation

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Football schedules have become increasingly demanding for players, with the packed calendar significantly straining their physical and mental well-being.

There is little opportunity for rest due to the intense schedule of domestic leagues, cup competitions, international games, and pre-season tours.

Most recently, Carlo Ancelotti came out to publicly oppose the FIFA Club World Cup, which will debut its new format with a total of 32 teams in the summer of 2025 in the USA.

Not only will there be an abundance of games in the tournament, but the €20 million reward for playing the entire tournament is deemed inadequate by the Merengues.

Carlo Ancelotti’s words were construed wrongly

Now, Ancelotti has clarified that his remarks about not participating in the Club World Cup have been misunderstood or misinterpreted.

“In my interview with Il Giornale, my words about the FIFA Club World Cup have not been interpreted in the way I intended,” said Ancelotti, as per Fabrizio Romano.

Real Madrid will take part in the CWC. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

“Nothing could be further from my interest than rejecting the possibility of playing a tournament that I think can be a great opportunity to continue fighting for great titles with Real Madrid.”

This comes after Los Blancos officially confirmed that they will indeed be taking part in the tournament.

Real Madrid not pleased with the competition’s terms

While Real Madrid will participate in the competition, it has been suggested that they find finds the fixed fee offered by FIFA for competing in the Club World Cup over an entire month in the summer to be “ridiculous.”

Carlo Ancelotti stated that a single Madrid game is worth €20 million, yet FIFA wants to offer that same amount for the entire tournament.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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