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Ancelotti talks Barcelona, Benzema, Ceballos, Super Cup following Real Madrid 2-0 Juventus



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Real Madrid continue to steamroll through the pre-season, registering yet another win. They beat Juventus 2-0 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio took home the exploits, and Carlo Ancelotti, for one, was delighted with the performance.

And why will he not be, he started his strongest XI against Juve, with the iconic trio of Luka Modric, Casemiro, and Toni Kroos in midfield. They dictated play and were largely the reason Madrid looked so comfortable in possession.

Ancelotti did not forget to shower praise on them following the game, saying, “I call Casemiro, Kroos, and Modric ‘the Bermuda Triangle’. The ball disappears there.”

“It was a good match, we played well. We finished the pre-season well, respected the pan, and those who played the first half are the players who are used to playing together,” he added.

Of course, no Madrid game in the last couple of seasons has gone by without some much-due appreciation for Karim Benzema.

“Benzema is the best. He’s doing everything right without a doubt,” Ancelotti said about the Frenchman.

There is a strong chance Ancelotti will use the same lineup he used today vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup on 10th August. When asked about the same, he replied:

“There are no secrets in football, sometimes I have my doubts because I have to evaluate other options. This squad is good, but it is not certain that these players will play the Super Cup. We have a week, we will assess.”

Barcelona have built a strong team this summer and ready to go head-to-head with Ancelotti following Madrid’s league-UCL double.

Speaking about Barcelona’s transfer window, Ancelotti said, “I don’t ignore anything in football. Barcelona have made a great team, but my focus is on my team. Barcelona must always be respected.”

Dani Ceballos’ decision to continue with Real Madrid is a bit surprising, especially considering Aurelien Tchouameni’s signing. However, the Madrid coach seems fond of the player, and praised him for his recent displays.

“Ceballos is doing a good job, we are happy to see him like this. He had a lot of problems last season.”

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Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender



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With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.

A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.

While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.

Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.

As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.

So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.

Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.

Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.

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