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Ancelotti talks Modric, Casemiro, Benzema, Rodrygo, and Asensio ahead of Osasuna clash

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Real Madrid are on an impressive run of form, sitting top of La Liga, 15 points clear of any competition. They could, realistically, seal the title against Atletico Madrid as early as 9th may, but have other important business to take care of before that.

Carlo Ancelotti has to look forward to the Osasuna clash tomorrow, where they have the chance to extend their lead on top to 18 points – even if it is temporarily.

The Italian manager addressed the media ahead of the important game; all quotes in this thread presented by Madrid Universal.

On the Osasuna clash: “It’s true we are close to winning the league, but we still have to play some games. We play in a tough stadium tomorrow against Osasuna.”

On La Liga: “La Liga is not over. We have a huge opportunity to get closer to our goal tomorrow.”

On Karim Benzema: “When a player feels fine, he has to play. Karim will play tomorrow.”

On Rodrygo vs Asensio: “Rodrygo is having a good season, he has helped a lot against PSG, Sevilla. Asensio is also having a good season. We can enjoy both.”

On Luka Modric: “Luka Modric will not play tomorrow. He’s tired.”

On injuries: “Casemiro, Mariano, and Jovic suffered physical problems yesterday, and will not play tomorrow. They will be back for the Manchester City game.”

“Casemiro has a week to recover. He will be back in time to face City.”

On choosing between La Liga or Champions League: “Both of them.”

On Vinicius Jr: “He is calm, he’s not obsessed with scoring goals. Scoring or not is not the most important part of his game.”

On his ‘luck’: “I’m a manager with luck? Having luck is a quality.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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