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Ancelotti talks retirement, Rudiger, Hazard, Tchouameni ahead of Almeria vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this year. However, what more can one add to a team that conquered Europe just a few months ago?

The Champions of Europe return to action on Sunday night when they take on newly promoted Almeria at Estadio Mediterraneo.

While their La Liga title defence will not be easy after Barcelona’s busy summer, Real Madrid’s winning mentality could be what gives them the slight edge.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press ahead of the first game of the 2022-23 season. During the interview, he talked about the new signings and roles of specific players, but the highlight was a shocking revelation about his professional future.

On his future: “After Real Madrid, I will retire. Real Madrid is the top, it makes sense to end (my career) here.”

On Antonio Rudiger: “Rudiger will play as CB. We will use him as fullback only when it’s needed.”

On rotations in the team: “The plan is to rotate more this season.”

On Eden Hazard: “I don’t know if Hazard will play tomorrow, but he’ll play more than last season. He can play in several positions.”

On the defensive midfield options: “Casemiro & Tchouaméni can play together as a pair of pivots.”

On Toni Kroos being snubbed of a Ballon d’Or nomination: “It’s a little strange that Kroos didn’t get nominated like Valverde, Militão or Alaba. For me, they all deserve to be on the list.”

On Thibaut Courtois: “Courtois is the best in the world right now.”

On Casemiro and Tchouameni: “They can play together, they’re CDMs with different attributes. Tchouameni is more box-to-box and Casemiro is more of a positional player. They can play together in a double-pivot system. The line-up could be 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2”.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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