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Ancelotti gives his take on whether Bellingham can succeed Kroos



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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that he does not see Jude Bellingham stepping into the exact role that Toni Kroos has played for the team. 

Instead, he believes Bellingham is more effective when he is closer to the goal, where he can be a bigger threat in attack.

Ancelotti was sharing his thoughts following Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Real Betis, a match that marked the end of the season and was also Toni Kroos’ last league game for Real Madrid. 

When asked about who might replace Kroos next season and whether Bellingham would take on that role, Ancelotti provided some insights, saying, 

“I don’t think so [that Bellingham would replace Kroos],” explained the manager as quoted by MARCA

“The closer we have Bellingham to the goal, the better it is for us. There is no player with Kroos’ characteristics on the market, but we have to replace him in another way. 

“We have a very high-quality midfielder and we have to adapt next season’s game to his characteristics,” he explained.

A fitting farewell for Kroos

Toni Kroos played his final La Liga match for Real Madrid. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Reflecting on Kroos’ career at Real Madrid, Ancelotti praised the midfielder for his contributions over the past decade. 

He noted that the Santiago Bernabeu stadium gave Kroos the farewell he deserved, highlighting how fortunate the club has been to have him on the team for ten years.

“The Bernabeu has given him the farewell he deserves, it has been a very emotional night. We are lucky to enjoy another week with him. 

“He has been one of the greatest, a great midfielder, with great quality and a fantastic character, with little ego and who has always played for the team; very generous. We have been lucky to have him for ten years.

“To do better than Kroos has done at this club is very complicated. He has made a very strong decision that no one could have imagined.

He showed a lot of character and to say goodbye like that is great. It is a farewell to a great character that we have been lucky to have him here and soccer has enjoyed a great player,”

Ancelotti also acknowledged that with Kroos leaving, the remaining players will need to step up and take on more responsibility within the locker room. This transition will be important for maintaining the team’s strength and cohesion moving forward.

“At an environmental level, those who are here have to take more responsibility. On a technical level, we will have to see. 

“We can think that it can be a more vertical game, with players with more energy and less tempo of play,” admitted the manager.

Additionally, Ancelotti mentioned that Real Madrid are still waiting for decisions from Nacho and Luka Modric regarding their contract extensions. 

He added that the team is expecting a reply from them after the UEFA Champions League final on June 1.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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