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Ancelotti talks Camavinga, Vinicius, Ceballos, Barcelona after Real Madrid 0-0 Real Sociedad

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Real Madrid were made to settle for just one point against Real Sociedad on Sunday night as their difficult run of games continued. Once again, the men in white looked far from their fluent best but it would be harsh on them to state that they did not create chances.

Los Blancos endured a difficult night when chances were aplenty but the finishing touch just lacked finesse. Nevertheless, it was never going to be an easy tie against the third-placed team in the league.

Credit where it is due, Alex Remiro had one of his career-best performances against Carlo Ancelotti’s side as he pulled off seven saves including three from inside the box. The harsh result sees Real Madrid move five points behind leaders Barcelona.

Ancelotti spoke to the press after his team’s draw at the Santiago Bernabeu and addressed topics including their performance and the title race. Here are the snippets from his media interaction.

On his team’s performance: “It was one of our best performances this season. It was difficult to make substitutions because everyone was playing so well and I made them in order to bring fresh legs on. We played well from start to finish.”

On their high press: “The way we press from the start, didn’t allow Real Sociedad to play the way they wanted to play. We pressed high and with intensity. We played well with the ball and we worked hard without it.”

On failing to score: “We created a lot of chances to get the goal, but luck wasn’t on our side. That can happen.”

On the title race: “If we get a win on Thursday, we will have picked up more points than we did last year. Barcelona are doing very well, but it’s a long season. It’s been a tough January, but the team has improved a lot in all areas: in attack, defence, the physical side.”

On the upcoming games: “The team is improving and we’ve got some injured players coming back this week. We’re confident about the coming months.”

On Eduardo Camavinga playing at left-back: “I thought he played well. He’s an option that we can use. He has the quality, energy… He links up well with Vini on the wing, creating chances. I’m impressed by his energy, which can also see him play as a full-back. The left-back playing with Vini Jr. has to move inside more than outside and that suits him well.”

On Vinicius’ form: “He put in a good performance and if he’d have scored it would have been amazing. He’s in good shape. He might make mistakes sometimes but he never stops trying.”

On Dani Ceballos: “He’s playing really well and he showed a very high-level today, just as he has in recent games. He’s contributing a lot, particularly in this period where we’re missing some guys and he was ready to step up.”

On Nacho Fernandez: “He had a spell where he didn’t get much playing time and now he’s doing a great job. He always delivers and he’s doing his bit as a right-back. The team worked together defensively and we pressed higher up than usual. That was a positive.”

On Real Sociedad being title contenders: “They compete in every game, but I think it’s a bit early to talk about them fighting to win La Liga.”

On the January transfer window: “It’s closed in every respect, both in terms of exits and players coming in.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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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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