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Ancelotti talks Modric, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Hazard following Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis

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Real Madrid were made to work hard for their win against Real Betis on Saturday. The clash was much anticipated, given that it featured the first and second-placed teams facing off.

Los Blancos got the early lead via a Vinicius Jr stunner but were pegged back when Sergio Canales blasted the ball past Thibaut Courtois in the seventeenth minute.

Eventually, the hosts regained their lead through a smart play by Rodrygo that saw him win the ball in a dangerous area before he calmly tucked it past Rui Silva.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his side’s fourth consecutive win and covered topics ranging from the goalscorers to the bench-warmers. Here are the snippets from his interaction with the media.

On the result against Los Verdiblancos: “We’ve started well and played difficult matches. We deserved to win.”

On Hazard and Asensio not seeing minutes: “It’s hard to answer this, I know I can count on him and Asensio but I don’t know how many minutes they will play.”

On Luka Modric: “Modrić continued at the highest level with consistency.”

On failing to maintain a clean sheet: “We’ve taken into account the goal we conceded today and that it shouldn’t be repeated. We have to improve in these situations.”

On the difference-makers on the night: “Vinicius and Rodrygo played an amazing match.”

On his philosophy for the team: “The aim is to play effective, winning football. We have the quality to play in transition and score goals.”

Source: Real Madrid twitter

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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