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Ancelotti talks Kepa, Endrick, Tchouameni, Alaba, Courtois, Militao, future ahead of Alaves vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will lock horns with Deportivo Alaves in their final game before the mid-season break away at the Mendizorrotza Stadium on Thursday night.

Despite being plagued by a plethora of injury problems, Los Blancos have found ways to keep winning and are just two points shy of surprise league leaders Girona.

And, the idea will be to go into the mid-season break with another victory in the bag so that they can hit the ground running in 2024 when they recover a number of their injured players.

On the eve of the game against Alaves, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media, discussing several topics including the injuries in the squad and his own future.

Kicking things off, the Italian confirmed who will start in goal for Los Blancos tomorrow, saying: “Tomorrow the goalkeeper will be Kepa, we have two great goalkeepers.”

Ancelotti then discussed the role of Aurelien Tchouameni, who can play as a holding midfielder and an interior, while he has also been used as a centre-back in emergency situations.

“Tchouaméni’s future at Real Madrid is as a pivot, but he can play as a midfielder just as well as Camavinga as a full-back,” Ancelotti stated.

On the UEFA Champions League draw for the Round of 16, that has seen Real Madrid get paired against RB Leipzig, the manager said: “It’s a team that competes well, that has good individuals and that will put us in trouble.”

On La Liga’s decision to make the conversations between referees and the VAR public moving forward, the Real Madrid boss stated: “I don’t care what the referees talk about during the games. Listening to their conversations doesn’t change anything for me. I wish for 2024 that they make few mistakes.”

Real Madrid had their future signing Endrick present at the Santiago Bernabeu for the Villarreal game, following which the teenager interacted with Ancelotti.

Talking about how it went, the manager said: “The experience that young players like Vini and Rodrygo have had coming out of Brazil is the experience he wants to have as well.”

There has been a lot of debate about whether Real Madrid should sign a new player or not in January amidst the injury crisis. On the matter, Ancelotti remarked:

“I am not going to say if I would like to sign or not. Together we will think and make the best decision. It is a possibility to go to the market if a good option comes up.”

Further discussing the matter, he added: “We are talking to the club and we will evaluate it in the next few days. We don’t want to rush it. The market ends on 31 January”

Discussing his own future, with a contract expiring in 2024, Ancelotti said: “The future is tomorrow’s game and the holidays. My contract ends in June and if there is anything new I will tell you.”

Real Madrid have suffered three Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries this term with Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, and David Alaba falling victims. Discussing the nature of the injury, the manager stated:

“It’s an unpredictable injury, you can’t foresee it. Players like Alaba, Courtois, and Militao, who have not had any previous knee problems, have had injuries. Muscular problems can be prevented, but these can’t, unfortunately.”

“We hope to have players like Courtois and Militao back by March-April,” he further added.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’

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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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