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Ancelotti talks Vinicius, Ceballos, Courtois, Benzema ahead of Real Madrid vs Getafe

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Real Madrid hosted Manchester City in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in midweek in a thoroughly entertaining game that ended 1-1 courtesy of goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Vinicius Jr.

Carlo Ancelotti will have his bombastic side eye on the second leg, but must first overcome Getafe on the weekend in the league.

Ahead of the Madrid derby, the Italian gaffer spoke to the media as part of his pre-game press conference.

“We want to win tomorrow. Our focus is not on City,” he started.

He was asked if him and Pep Guardiola were the best coaches in world right now. Humble as ever, the four-time Champions League winner denied the claim, saying, “No. There are many others also.”

With Eder Militao back in contention for the second leg after missing out on the first one due to suspension, Ancelotti has a few doubts over his choice of centre-backs for the City game.

“I have many doubts over who will play as a CB vs City.”

As for tomorrow, there will be a fair few rotations. Thibaut Courtois is expected to start despite that, while there are doubts over other positions.

“Courtois will play tomorrow. Vinicius..we will see whether he starts or not. But he will play tomorrow. I talked to him, he feels very good.” Ancelotti declared.

“Vincius is the best player in the world, or very close to be,” he added in praise of the Brazilian.

“We will play a very demanding game tomorrow, against a team that’s fighting relegation so I will use a fresh and energetic XI. Some players are tired, so I won’t risk them tomorrow.”

“I won’t tell you who will play tomorrow because I don’t want to give Getafe an advantage.”

Ancelotti did provide an injury update, though, confirming Ferland Mendy and Dani Ceballos’ presence for the game after both picked up injuries in the last month.

“Ferland Mendy and Ceballos return to play tomorrow.”

The latter is set to become a free agent in the summer though. “We will decide what to do (with Ceballos and Asensio’s contracts) very soon.”

On the contrary, though, he confirmed the absence of three key players, who apparently picked up some discomfort vs Man City.

“Benzema, Alaba, and Rodrygo received some blows on Tuesday.”

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Official: Real Madrid confirm date for Endrick presentation

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Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

After welcoming Kylian Mbappe earlier this week in a grand celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have now confirmed the date for the official presentation of another new signing, Endrick.

The Spanish capital club have announced that the teenage sensation will be presented as a new Real Madrid player on July 27.

“Real Madrid CF announces that on Saturday 27 July, at 12:00, the presentation of our player Endrick will take place at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium,” the statement from the club read.

“Previously, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez will welcome Endrick to Real Madrid City for the signing ceremony that will bind our new player to the club for the next six seasons.”

Endrick arrives with big expectations. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid signed Endrick from Palmeiras back in December 2022 itself in a deal that could reach €60 million including add-ons.

However, since he was only 16 years old at the time, the striker had to continue in Brazil. Set to turn 18 on July 21, the centre-forward will finally be eligible to move to Europe.

In 82 appearances for Palmeiras, Endrick has scored 21 goals and set up four more. The striker also has three goals in ten matches for Brazil.

Endrick will be presented formally at the Santiago Bernabeu on July 27 after he undergoes medicals and signs his contract with club president Florentino Perez.

After the presentation, Endrick will speak to the media in the press room at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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