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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Hazard, his future following Real Madrid 6-0 Valladolid



Real Madrid took on Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game that mattered very little to los blancos in the league. 

With Barcelona 15 points clear in the table, Madrid had one eye on the Copa del Rey semi-finals second leg. Despite being 0-1 down, it’s their best shot at domestic success this season. 

And today’s game would serve as incredible motivation for them, winning 6-0. Karim Benzema was on target thrice, with Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, and Lucas Vazquez also scoring. 

Carlo Ancelotti led the charge for this win, though, experimenting with the formation. He deployed the 4-2-3-1, with Rodrygo as the #10 behind Benzema. 

He also tweaked the tactics mid-way, and spoke about it later on. 

“We started 4-4-2 with Rodrygo and Benzema, but the central defenders were good at pressing so I saw the possibility of opening Rodrygo on the wing and giving freedom to Asensio and since then everything became easier.”

“At first we struggled a bit and they had chances but once we went 1-0 up everything was easier. The transformations were amazing and Karim was at his best. Everything worked fine,” he added. 

A few words for King Karim would not go amiss from Ancelotti, who hailed his hard work during the international break fortnight. 

Benzema’s match must be highlighted. This shows that he did a great job during the break.”

Eden Hazard came on late in the game and got on the scoreboard with an assist for Lucaz Vazquez late in the game. However, he was greeted with whistles when being substituted on. 

I heard that, yeah. Eden trained really well this break. He played very little, but he did well and gave an assist. By training well he can get opportunities,” Ancelotti said speaking about the crowd. 

The coach’s future, though, remains in question despite the thrashing win. He was also asked about the same, to which he replied:

“My future? The team gives me the security I want, the love the club gives me, it’s peace of mind for me because we can fight until the end. I explained my future yesterday, I will never talk about my future again.”

“For the next two months, talking about my future every three days will tire you out too.”

“My contract ends in 2024 and the idea is to get there. If the club is happy with me later… I’ll be here until 2034.”

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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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