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Ancelotti talks Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Brahim, Barcelona ahead of Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid are set to take on Celta Vigo on Sunday, with Los Blancos looking to further consolidate their position at the top of the league table.

Real Madrid currently have a five-point lead over second-placed Barcelona, but they do have a game in hand. That means a win against Celta Vigo could help them once again bridge the gap to eight points.

A defeat or even a draw, however, could prove to be costly, especially with Barça and Real Madrid slated to face each other next month.

Speaking ahead of this important encounter, Carlo Ancelotti addressed various issues heading into the game, including Jude Bellingham’s suspension, along with Barcelona’s form following Xavi’s announcement of a departure.

“Now we all have a lot at stake. We are more involved than ever and a different attitude and intensity is needed. We didn’t do well in the last game and tomorrow we need to show another different side,” Ancelotti said about the game.

Talking about Real Madrid’s performance in recent matches, the coach added, “Girona’s game was the best game of the season, then we lowered the level a little and it made us think about how to do better.

To say that we are very worried, no. We evaluated things critically, trying to improve. It was missing attitude and intensity against Leipzig.”

Highlighting the key aspects of the game against Leipzig, the coach further added, “Against Leipzig, it was a psychological aspect. We have always had a great defensive attitude. In the tie against them, we did not have a single minute in danger in the tie.”

Regarding Real Madrid’s relative underperformance in the second leg, Ancelotti refused to blame psychological fatigue.

“It has been evident that the team has played, with an advantage, a little worried. But I don’t think it is psychological fatigue. We went out a little more thinking that we had that advantage. It has always happened to me. Against Schalke, Chelsea. We have to think how to do it,” he clarified.

Ancelotti acknowledged Real Madrid’s underperformance against Leipzig (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Ancelotti went on to address the Bellingham suspension and the rationale behind Real Madrid’s appeal to the CAS.

“We appealed because we thought the sanction was exaggerated. It was not an insult. I hope they did not take the player’s license plate because he protests like everyone else or even in a less exaggerated way than others. We still think that the sanction is not correct,” he said.

The appeal was, of course, not considered and Bellingham would thus be unavailable against Celta Vigo. Ancelotti, though, has no shortage of options and is reportedly counting on Brahim Diaz to replace the Englishman.

“There may be changes tomorrow, yes. I have to bring a little freshness. Without Bellingham, on a defensive level not much changes, but there will be less presence in the area,” Ancelotti said when asked about potential changes to the starting eleven.

Talking about individual players, the Real Madrid coach brought up the injustice faced by Vinicius Junior in Spain.

“I have never found a player as persecuted as Vinicius. They tell him all sorts of things. Everyone has to change their attitude towards Vinicius,” he said.

Ancelotti heaped praise on Vinicius’ Brazilian compatriot, adding, “Rodrygo is a success. He has allowed us to win the Champions League two years ago. This year he has not had continuity in goals but he has in work. When we need him he is there.”

As for Brahim Diaz and his national team dilemma, the Italian refused to comment, stating, “It’s his topic. He’s thinking about it but I haven’t talked about it with him.”.

Finally, Carlo Ancelotti was asked about the title race even though Real Madrid still have a significant advantage at the top of the table. The Italian specifically mentioned Barcelona’s form.

“Do we notice the pressure from Barça? The pressure is that the league is still open despite the advantage we have. Until math says otherwise, we have to fight for everything,” he said.

“Each game is very complicated. It was difficult for Barça last night and tomorrow, it will be complicated for us,” he added.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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