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Ancelotti talks Asensio, Vinicius, Valverde, Benzema, Sergio Ramos after Real Madrid 5-1 Celtic

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Real Madrid clinched the top spot in their UEFA Champions League group after thrashing Scottish giants Celtic 5-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Luka Modric, Rodrygo Goes, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Jr, and Federico Valverde were on target for the reigning champions as they returned to winning ways after failing to do so in their last two matches.

Speaking after the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti lavished praises on his star performers on the night, in particular Asensio, who has had to endure a difficult season so far.

On Asensio: “Marco was the best of the match. He has played as a winger and has combined well with Valverde, who was more open, and with Carvajal. The combination between the three has been very good. 

“Most of the time Asensio has been as a winger. He has all the necessary quality when he enters the field to be able to make a difference. He has been forceful, effective with the ball and has sacrificed without it.”

On Vinicius Jr and Valverde: “It’s more a mental aspect of the players. Now they have more prominence and confidence, especially Valverde. He has changed radically from last season in terms of goals scored. Vini moves better without the ball and looks for good positions in the area. We have replaced Karim well, who was the protagonist last year.”

“The individual quality they have is evident. Character can limit individual quality, but the character of both is very strong because they are very serious and humble professionals. It’s amazing what they’re doing.”

On Valverde’s goalscoring run: “It would be good for him if he scored more goals because he has an impressive shooting quality. He can score a lot more goals.”

On the progression of youngsters: “They have no ceiling. They are doing well and have the possibility to improve in many aspects. Rodrygo, Vini and Valverde are doing well. Not having Karim has given everyone more responsibility, especially the forwards. They have taken on this responsibility and are fulfilling it.”

On Luka Modric and Toni Kroos: “It’s business as usual. If the young people surprise, Luka and Toni do not. They are always at a very high level. They handle the ball well and control the game. They are players with unique quality and experience.”

On Asensio’s attitude: “Asensio has endured and has had a good attitude when he hasn’t played. It has now helped him demonstrate his quality and what he brings to the team. When you are not happy, you can have a positive or negative reaction. He has had a positive reaction.”

On whether Vinicius and Rodrygo can star for Brazil in the World Cup: “I don’t know how many minutes they will play in the World Cup because it is not my decision. It is obvious that they can be protagonists. They are showing great quality and let’s see what happens in the World Cup.”

On Benzema and Aurelien Tchouameni’s fitness: “I don’t know which of Tchoumeni’s leg is affected. It is not a muscle injury, it is tendinitis and it has bothered him in recent days. The sensations are better and I think he will be like Karim on Monday. He has had a good feeling today and he will play on Monday.”

On whether Sergio Ramos should play for Spain at the World Cup: “Sergio Ramos has great experience and quality. He is physically well and for me, he has to go to the World Cup without a doubt. He is still one of the best centre-backs in the world.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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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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