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Ancelotti talks Hazard, Militao, Valverde following Getafe 0-1 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid pulled off a rather unconvincing 1-0 win over Getafe on Saturday night. An early Eder Militao goal separated the two teams at full-time, but it is safe to say that it was far from Los Blancos’ best nights in the final third.

The win takes the team back to first place in the La Liga standings temporarily. All eyes are now on Barcelona to see if they can close the gap ahead of next week’s Clasico.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s win at Coliseum Alfonso Perez and addressed their poor finishing and overall performance amongst other topics. Here are the key takeaways from his presser.

On the overall performance: “I think we controlled the game well. It was good to score early, we didn’t seal the game but we controlled it.”

On his team’s finishing: “We were not effective enough. In offence, we were not clinical enough, but at this point in the season, I am happy with the win.”

On the missed opportunities: “We had many opportunities to score more.”

On Eden Hazard: “Hazard? He is fine, he will get his chance.”

On the upcoming clash against Shakhtar Donetsk: “I will use more rotations against Shakhtar.”

On Eder Militao: “Militão has muscle spasms. I don’t know who will play in defence against Shakhtar, but whoever it is will do well. I have a committed group that plays great.”

On Federico Valverde: “What position does Fede Valverde prefer? The pitch, wherever he plays he’s perfect.”

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Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million

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With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.

One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.

The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.

It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.

According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.

It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.

The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.

This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.

The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.

PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.

So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.

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