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Ancelotti talks Camavinga, Champions League, Ferland Mendy and more

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Real Madrid got back to winning ways last night after securing a 1-0 victory over Getafe at Santiago Bernabeu. Although the win was inconsequential in the context of the title race, the match provided an ideal staging ground for Carlo Ancelotti to hand some of his lesser-used troops an opportunity to prove themselves.

It must be noted that Real Madrid take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal.

Speaking to the media after the narrow win over Getafe, Ancelotti clarified why some of the star players such as Karim Benzema and Antonio Rudiger, among others did not play.

“Rüdiger? He didn’t play because I want him to be fresh vs City. He will start vs City,” he said (h/t RealMadrid.com). “Benzema, Alaba and Rodrygo were tired, that’s why they didn’t play tonight.”

“The good news is Mendy has returned to play after a serious injury,” Ancelotti said about the left-back’s return. He revealed his plans to make Mendy play 45 minutes and give Eden Hazard an hour, adding, “We had planned the 45 minutes of Ferland Mendy. Hazard? 60 minutes were enough for a player who had played very little.”

Despite the win, Real Madrid were dealt with a big blow when Eduardo Camavinga twisted his knee, leading to fears that he may miss out on the rest of the season. Ancelotti, though, said, the injury is not serious, and the player will recover within Wednesday.

“Camavinga has twisted his knee but it’s just a BLOW. He will recover for the game against City,” he said. “Camavinga’s knee is stable. 100%. There’s a bit of pain but it’s nothing. He is 20, he will recover fast.”

The Real Madrid coach further confirmed that the young midfielder “will rest tomorrow and return to training on Monday.” He even went to confirm that Real Madrid will have a fully fit squad for Wednesday’s affair against Manchester City.

“I think all the players will be ready for Wednesday. “The XI vs City won’t be the most important thing. The players on the bench will also be important like last season,” he said.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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