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Ancelotti talks Camavinga, Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos, Arribas ahead of Athletic vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get back to winning ways in La Liga when they take on Athletic Club at San Mames on Sunday night.

Los Blancos lost their last league game against Villarreal, following which they also fell to Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup finals after seeing off Valencia in the semi-finals.

They come into Sunday’s game on the back of a comeback 3-2 win over Villarreal in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 and will be aiming to build on that victory.

Having already fallen three points behind leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona, the current champions cannot afford any more slip-ups in the Spanish league.

Ahead of this tricky encounter against Ernesto Valverde’s men in the Basque country, manager Carlo Ancelotti addressed the press and spoke about various topics from injuries to transfer rumours.

On the reaction during the Villarreal clash: “The reaction in Villarreal was very good. We played effective football, but we made mistakes too. We looked at videos to avoid those mistakes and not repeat them. Tomorrow’s game is very difficult, intensity and ideas will be important, and not to give away what we’ve been giving away.”

On Luka Modric and toni Kroos: “For me, they are all untouchable. Modric and Kroos have made club history. But that doesn’t mean they have to play every game.”

On Nacho, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio’s situation: “Nacho, Ceballos and Asensio can start the game or be decisive in the game. Their contracts are up and they show that they have motivation and desire, and concentration. The fact that their contract is up doesn’t affect them in any way.”

On Eduardo Camavinga’s links to Arsenal: Camavinga is untouchable, like Modric and Kroos.”

On Aurelien Tchouameni attending an NBA game while injured: “Tchouameni has made his apology public. He made a mistake and the matter is over with.”

On the team’s defensive errors: “We have some errors in positioning and reading, sometimes we don’t press and we have time for it, sometimes the line is not together. Sometimes we go out to press when we shouldn’t go out.

“Our area is a friend, it’s not an enemy, that’s what I tell the players. We have to control our area well. Anything that can get behind the line can be a danger, so controlling it well is fundamental. Before pressing, we have to control the back line well.”

On drawing Atletico Madrid in Copa del Rey: “The draw is like that, Atlético are a great rival, we have to respect them a lot. It will be entertaining because it’s a derby. All derbies are great.”

On Ernesto Valverde: “Valverde is a good friend of mine, we have a good relationship and he is a great coach. His teams always have a very clear idea, they are organised. I have a lot of respect for him.”

On Sergio Arribas: “Arribas lacks nothing. He has to progress like all young people. We evaluate everything. If the opportunity comes, he can play.”

On the injuries in the squad: “The team, little by little, with the games, is improving its physical condition, it is making progress. Carvajal, Alaba and Tchouameni can return next week.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out

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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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