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Ancelotti talks Mbappe, Modric, Carvajal following Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Real Madrid: “The referee was good”

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Real Madrid were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Rayo Vallecano earlier today, in what could be an encouraging result for Girona.

The Spanish giants are leading Girona by only six points, with the Catalan having a game in hand. That means a win over Athletic Club on Monday could help bridge the gap to just three points.

Speaking after the game, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti highlighted the importance of winning all the matches, in the context of the title race.

“We have to win all the matches. But, to win the league, the matches you can’t win, you can’t lose,” he said. “Matches you have to win, you have to try with everything you have to not lose them. Sometimes there are draws that are a little painful.”

As for Real Madrid’s performance against Rayo Vallecano, he remarked, “I think we played with intensity. Rayo played a very good game, tried to stop the game, and their plan worked well. We will leave with one point that will not make us happy today, but that in the future could be a turning point and a positive point.”

Carlo Ancelotti was not happy with the result. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

“We started the match well and scored, and we could have scored the second goal, but after the penalty kick they got, the match changed a lot,” the Italian added.

Ancelotti was asked whether it is difficult to win matches at the Vallecas. The Italian nodded in agreement and pointed out how one must always approach this game differently.

“It’s not easy, you’re right. You have to get used to this pitch and this ground, you have to play a different game. We’re hurting a little because we started very well and the game was changed because of the penalty kick,” he said.

While Real Madrid will be disappointed with the draw, the club will also miss out on the services of two key players – Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Carvajal – through suspension, for the upcoming game against Sevilla.

When asked whether Camavinga and Carvajal should have avoided the booking, Ancelotti said, “This will be a topic I will talk about with the players. It was a match that saw a lot of tackles, and there were a few protests.”

Camavinga, for one, received a booking around the hour mark for showing his frustration at the referee’s decision.

Ancelotti, though, praised the referee and had no objections with Carvajal’s red card late in the game. “I did not speak to the fourth official about Carvajal’s red card. The referee’s performance was good today,” he said.

The Real Madrid coach further pointed out that the penalty in the first half changed the course of the game, adding, “After they scored the penalty kick it became a different match. It was a different match from the beginning, we have to accept that. We fought and competed until the end.”

When asked whether or not the team has lost focus lately due to the potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe, Ancelotti sounded very protective and defended his team, adding, “When have we not been focused? We are always focused and today too. To reprimand this team for something this season is very difficult.”

Finally, the Italian heaped praise on Luka Modric’s performance. “He played very well. With the ball, I think he was the most clear. He played very well, tried to get the passes. His position on the field was good, the same Modric as always,” he said.

Ancelotti’s comments on Modric come against the backdrop of the midfielder’s uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, with the player reportedly unhappy with his role in the first team.

Source: MARCA

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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