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Ancelotti has ‘closed the door’ on talks with Brazil until the end of the season – report



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Over the past few months, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the vacant manager’s job with the Brazil national team.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have made it clear that they are keen to appoint the 63-year-old tactician as their next manager. President Ednaldo Rodrigues is believed to be in Europe and was said to be keen on meeting Ancelotti to hold talks.

However, according to a fresh report from Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, Ancelotti has closed the doors on any possible talks with the Selecao until the end of the season. The Italian is fully focused on winning a third UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid.

Los Blancos face Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals tonight before travelling to England for the reverse fixture next week. If they manage to get past Frank Lampard’s men, a tie against Manchester City or Bayern Munich will await in the semi-finals.

Should the Merengues cross that hurdle as well, one of AC Milan, Napoli, Inter Milan and SL Benfica will be waiting in the finals.

Given that Real Madrid have all but lost the La Liga title, it becomes imperative that they go all the way in the Champions League.

And, Ancelotti, who is contracted with the club until the summer of 2024, is fully focused on the job at hand and does not want to hold any talks with Brazil until the Champions League campaign is over, one way or the other.

The 63-year-old manager recently insisted that he wishes to fulfil his contract with Real Madrid. Yet, the CBF feel that they can convince Ancelotti to join the national team at the end of the season.

To that end, they have not made a permanent managerial appointment since Tite was shown the doors after the FIFA World Cup 2022. Brazil will be playing two friendlies in June and would ideally want the situation sorted by then.

But if Ancelotti and Real Madrid go all the way in the Champions League, Brazil’s plans will not come to fruition.

However, it seems like they are prepared to wait for the Italian, even though there is no guarantee that he will accept the job offer once there are concrete talks. For now, though, the Real Madrid boss is clear that he will not discuss any future role until the season is over.

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Benzema talks Vinicius, Mbappe, Ballon d’Or, decision to leave Real Madrid




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Last Saturday marked a special moment for Real Madrid fans as Karim Benzema, the former captain and Ballon d’Or winner, made his return to Spain. 

This visit was his first in over a year and has generated significant excitement among his supporters. Benzema, now playing for Al Ittihad, was set to participate in a pre-season friendly match against Elche at Estadi Olímpic Camilo Cano.

The Al Ittihad team had been gearing up for the new season by holding training sessions in Benidorm, a well-known Spanish coastal town that is a favourite among tourists. 

This picturesque setting has provided a perfect backdrop for the team’s preparations, blending hard work with the beautiful scenery of the Mediterranean coast.

Benzema’s return to Spain is not just about playing one match. The 36-year-old striker is also set to face two of his old rivals in upcoming games. 

Al Ittihad has scheduled matches against Sevilla on July 26 and Real Betis on August 3. These encounters are highly anticipated, as Benzema has a long history with both clubs from his time in La Liga.

Real Madrid hold a special place

During a recent training session, Benzema took some time to sit down for an interview with MARCA, he shared his thoughts on his return to Spain and his enduring connection to Real Madrid. 

Real Madrid will have a special place in Karim Benzema’s life. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Benzema made it clear that, despite moving on to a new chapter in his career, Real Madrid will always hold a special place in his heart.

“[Last season was] spectacular, very good. Real Madrid are always the best team in the world. Players come and go, but Real Madrid will always be at the top, at the very top. It is the best and will continue to prove it,” he began saying.

“Joy. A lot,” said when asked about Madrid’s recent UEFA Champions League triumph. 

“It’s my team and I will always be on the side of Real Madrid and my teammates. It’s logical. Real Madrid is Real Madrid, something unique.”

Decision to leave Real Madrid

The 36-year-old forward left Real Madrid last year and when asked if he regrets he decision, he added,

“Some come and others go. It’s like that and it will always happen. It was the right moment. Of course, I look back and feel happy. 

“Last season they gave a sensation of power, of good football and that’s why they won the Champions League and the League. Today I don’t see any other team that can be better than Real Madrid,” he said.

Furthermore, when asked if there is any team capable of threatening Real Madrid, he said, 

“It’s the best team in the world. It’s always strong and fighting for everything. I stand there, look around and don’t see any team that’s capable of being better.”

Benzema picks Vini Jr for Ballon d’Or

Karim Benzema says Vinicius Jr deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

This year’s race for the Ballon d’Or is going to heat up as multiple players have made the case for themselves. However, Benzema thinks that Vinicius must win the honour.

“Ballon d’Or? I’m going to say Vini because he deserves it for his season and not just for what he’s done this year, but also for what he’s done last year. 

“He was also above the rest with his football and what he does with the ball. He’s a kid, a complete footballer”

Speaking about Vinicius, he added, “He can win a game on his own, of course with the help of his teammates, but he is very good when Real Madrid needs him and that is why I think he deserves it. 

“He is always there and he always shows up. For all of that, my favourite is Vini.”

Benzema’s thoughts on Mbappe

Karim Benzema says Kylian Mbappe was destined for Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The 2023/24 season had no owner of the number 9 shirt at Real Madrid, but Mbappe’s arrival has now fulfilled that. Speaking about his compatriot’s move, Benzema explained,

“Sooner or later he will play for Real Madrid. I have always thought that and that is what has happened. He is a great player.”

Lastly, when asked about Madrid’s dominance and if they can repeat the success of last season, he said, 

“Of course, of course. Really. I just don’t see a team that can be better than Real Madrid. Really. They have everything. Players, coach and president.”

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