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

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Real Madrid will play their first match of 2023 on Tuesday night when they take on RFEF Second Division outfit CP Cacereno in the Copa del Rey Round of 32.

Los Blancos head into the game on the back of a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid in La Liga and will be looking to advance in the cup competition that they have not won since 2014.

On the eve of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti appeared in front of the media for his customary pre-match press conference and answered various questions, the excerpts from which are as follows.

On the open training session earlier today: “There’s a good atmosphere. It’s very nice to do it. We’re delighted to do it. The fans are always close to us. It’s an important part of our job.”

On Vinicius facing racist abuse against Valladolid: “I cannot talk about an issue that for me does not have to exist. Racism and xenophobia do not have to exist. We are wrong, it is not Vinicius’ problem, it is society’s problem. Tolerance in this sense must be zero.”

On tomorrow’s match vs Cacereno: “Tomorrow is a match in which we have to be smart. In matches you have to put quality, commitment, fight… In a match in a competition like the Cup, we have to put in everything we have, which is quality, commitment, and also fight.”

On a busy schedule ahead: “It’s complicated, but we have all the resources to manage it well. We have the data, a technical staff with many people, the physio gives us information. It’s something new, but it can be managed well. The matches also help to improve the condition of the players.”

On whether he wishes to see Dani Ceballos continue at the club: “I don’t go into this subject. What I see is a player who is well, motivated, motivated and willing to train well. It’s a matter that the player has to evaluate with the club.”

On Toni Kroos’ future: “Kroos is going to be very clear in the next month. I think so, as a football fan it’s impossible to think he’s going to stop. Hopefully, he can continue.”

On whether competition organisers should do more to tackle racism: “I don’t go into this issue. It doesn’t have to be a problem of La Liga or of sanctions, it’s a cultural issue, of society in general. It is a problem of a society that does not have the education it should have.

“I will not focus on such an important issue in Vinicius, in La Liga or in sanctions. We have to look at something bigger: the problem of racism and xenophobia is very important.”

On travelling 300km by bus for tomorrow’s game: “I am happy to go by bus, because this way you can see something of Spain. It is a time to enjoy this wonderful country.”

On whether the contract situations of several players will hurt the team: “I don’t think we have any kind of problem with people talking about this. The status of the players and the clubs is also changing a bit. When a player reaches the end of his contract it is not as worrying as it was in the last few years. The clubs are not as worried about it.”

On Real Madrid winning just three Copa del Rey trophies in 30 years: “For us it is important. It’s not the most important one, which for us is the Champions League, but for the crest on our shirt we have to dignify all the competitions and win as many as you can.”

On Thibaut Courtois and Dani Carvajal’s training absence: “They have small problems. They will be available for the Villarreal game. They are rested tomorrow, as are Kroos, Alaba, Benzema, Vinicius and Mendy, who won’t have minutes. The rest are travelling to play a good game.”

On Castilla players: “Tomorrow we have Sergio Arribas, Nico Paz, Marvel and Álvaro Rodríguez. They are players who are doing very well with Castilla. Raúl is doing a very good job, because the young players are progressing very quickly.

“Also others like Mario Martín, Rafa Marín… The youth academy is producing players who can be useful for the future of Real Madrid.”

On the training session today: “It was very good. It’s a nice moment for us and the fans to be together. In this type of training, because of the noise around you can’t talk too much with the players. In a tactical training session you have to stop and talk to the players, which you can’t do in this kind of session, but it’s nice.”

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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