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Ancelotti reiterates desire to see out his contract at Real Madrid: “I plan to respect it”

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Over the past few months, there has been a lot of chatter around the future of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian tactician has been heavily linked with the vacant manager’s job with the Brazil national team, with the Selecao administration making no secret of their desire to hire the 63-year-old.

At the same time, there have been speculations that Real Madrid themselves might look to change things up next season if Ancelotti does not lead them to a major title this season.

The Merengues’ disappointing displays in La Liga have raised some alarms and a failure to win the Copa del Rey or the UEFA Champions League could spell trouble for Ancelotti.

Despite that, the legendary manager has remained firm on his stance that he has a contract with Real Madrid until 2024 and he wants to see it out.

In a recent interview with Radio1 Rai, Ancelotti reiterated the same desire as he said: “The wind carries the chatter on. And that’s how it is, I have a contract until 30 June 2024 and I would like to fulfil it.”

Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid for a second stint as manager in 2021. Immediately upon returning, the 63-year-old guided the team to the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League triumph in his first year.

This season, Los Blancos have won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. They are in the finals of the Copa del Rey and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League as well. However, the recent 2-3 defeat to Villarreal all but ended their hopes of defending the La Liga title.

Talking about the season and the hurdles that the team have faced, Ancelotti said: “It’s a very, very demanding season, there are too many games. There was a World Cup in between with 15 of our players playing in it, then the Spanish Super Cup in Arabia, the Club World Cup in Morocco in February.

“The moral of the story is that from 30 December to 20 March we played every three days. In the regular championship, we couldn’t have the continuity of Barcelona. The calendar is absurd and something has to be done there too.

“But we have to play the final of the Copa del Rey and the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the season is still open. And let’s not forget that we have already brought home the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.”

On the chances of Real Madrid in the Champions League, Ancelotti said: “We believe we can win it, knowing that every game is a difficult, tough and unpredictable obstacle, the Champions League is like that. All eight teams have the desire to reach the final in Istanbul.”

Recently, it emerged that Ancelotti had sent a message to his former protege and AC Milan director Paolo Maldini that they will meet in the UCL finals in Istanbul. Reflecting on those comments, the Real Madrid boss said:

“It was above all a wish for Milan, who I am very fond of. In reality, Milan-Naples will be a very even and very uncertain match. Would it be nice to meet again in Istanbul? For Real, yes, I think so too, but everyone wants to get to Istanbul” .

During the interview, Ancelotti also spoke about the future of his son Davide, who has been linked with the manager’s job at FC Basel. However, Ancelotti Sr. seemed to rule out an immediate move to Switzerland for his son, saying:

“He is finishing the UEFA Pro coach course in Wales, he will finish in May, then he will be able to coach any team. It won’t be Basel, because we feel good here and we want to stay here. The day he will want to start on his own, I think he will.”

He also expressed his dismay at the way VAR was being used, saying: “I have to tell the truth, I’m not very happy with the way it’s being applied: right now it has taken over the refereeing decisions, we resort to VAR too often.

“It was born to correct clear and obvious mistakes, but now its intervention is too much in demand, it needs to be changed a bit. There is still a lot of confusion with the handball decisions.”

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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