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Ancelotti talks Mbappe, Bellingham, Guler, Garcia, Brahim, Joselu, Brazil, contract renewal



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As Real Madrid get started with their preparations for the upcoming season on their pre-season tour of the United States of America, manager Carlo Ancelotti briefly spoke with the media earlier today.

The Italian tactician gave an insight into the new signings and the squad for the upcoming season, while also commenting on the never-ending links with Kylian Mbappe and his own future amidst the speculations of him joining the Brazil national team next year.

When asked about the interest in Mbappe and how his potential arrival would bolster the team further, Ancelotti refused to get drawn in on the speculations, saying:

“I’ve never talked about players who are not at Madrid. I can talk about how many a lot of new players we have: Bellingham, Fran Garcia, Arda Güler. Also, Brahim, who has come back very well from his experience in Milan. He is a stronger and more complete player.

“I can also talk about how well Modric, Vinicius, and Rodrygo have returned. Talking about those who are not here doesn’t seem right to me.”

On being asked if he was happy with the transfer business that Real Madrid have done so far this summer, Ancelotti replied in the affirmative, stating that the squad had improved now.

“I am very happy with the new arrivals. They are going to help us and bring quality to the squad. Fran García is going to cover the left wing very well, where we had problems last year; Joselu can give us a bit more in the air in the box,” he said.

“Güler is very talented, he is very young, I think the fans are going to enjoy this player. Bellingham is a great inside player with qualities that we don’t have in the squad, he has a good arrival in the box without the ball. The squad has improved.”

There has been a lot of talk about Ancelotti switching formation this season and hinting at the same, the 64-year-old said: “I want to try something new at the beginning, see how it goes, and if it doesn’t work out, we always have the old system that gave us so much in the past.”

When asked about his own future amid rumours that he will be the Brazil manager next year, Ancelotti made it clear that he does not intend to speak on the matter, saying:

“We closed this issue on the first day and got it out of the way. I will never talk about Brazil. I’m not going to talk about it anymore. I’m staying with the contract I have until 30 June 2024.”

And when probed if he would be willing to sign a new contract if Real Madrid were to offer him one, Ancelotti said:

“I’m in no hurry to renew, because I have a contract. I have total confidence in the club. Let’s see what happens this season.

“I think the season will go well, we have a lot of confidence because the squad has improved, although we have lost a fundamental player like Karim [Benzema], a club legend. We have a very young squad and we are convinced that they will give us a lot of joy.”

On being asked about the experience of touring the US with Real Madrid, Ancelotti said: “We have always felt good here. It’s a nice place, we can train well, we have competitive matches where you can see where the team is at.

“We have to try something these days. All the players are back in good condition. We are confident and excited that we are going to start the season well.”

Speaking of the importance that the pre-season tour holds, Ancelotti added: “We have new players. We have to make sure they adapt quickly to our style and our philosophy. It’s an important moment in the season and we’re going to spend it in a good atmosphere, with a positive environment, and with a fan base that is always with us.”

Source: AS

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  1. Serge Raymond Jean

    July 21, 2023 at 4:19 am

    Bravo Anceloti I really like your comments this is how a master talk. Let take it step by step and see what happens.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”




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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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