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Ancelotti talks Vinicius, racism, La Liga ahead of Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano



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After back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Valencia, Real Madrid will be hoping to return to winning ways when they face off against Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Leading up to the game, though, the headlines are dominated by the racist abuse targeted towards Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr during the game against Valencia.

La Liga are under intense pressure to take some tangible actions, while the RFEF has already decided to fire six referees, including the one who was the VAR during Valencia vs Real Madrid on the weekend.

As one would expect, Carlo Ancelotti was asked a lot of questions about Vinicius, the situation around him, and the racist attacks targeted at the Brazilian international, during his pre-match press conference today.

Ancelotti calls for action after Vinicius incident

“We are worried about what happened, like everyone else. There is a lot of talk and it is right to talk about it. It can be a great opportunity to improve things quickly. Vinicius is a bit sad, he hasn’t trained because of a little knee discomfort. We are waiting for what his sanction will be,” Ancelotti admitted.

Lashing out at those who claim Vinicius is provocative, the Real Madrid said: “Vini has been a victim of what is happening. Sometimes he is blamed: he provokes, the attitude… no. Let’s be clear: he is the victim of all this. Like the fans who behave impeccably.”

There was a lot of outrage within the Valencia camp after Ancelotti’s statements over the weekend, when he called out their fans for racism. Clarifying what he said, the Italian said:

“And, by the way, when I talk about Mestalla it’s not 46,000 people, but a group. As it happened in Mallorca, Valladolid… it’s a custom (racism). Beyond racism, it seems customary to insult. I think what Xavi has said is exemplary: Why do we normalize insulting in football?

“They say they did not shout ‘monkey’, but ‘stupid’. So what? Can that be said? It’s also intolerable. It has to stop. And I want to say that Spain is not racist, but there is racism in Spain. And it has to change.”

Vinicius Jr faced racist insults (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius was sent off against Valencia for hitting out at Hugo Duro. However, the VAR had shown the on-field referee manipulated images that excluded the attacks on the Real Madrid winger by the opposition players. As such, it has resulted in his sacking as reported earlier.

Talking about it, Ancelotti said: “Manipulating an image is quite serious. I don’t know if it’s manipulated or if they’ve forgotten it. Vinicius was attacked, first by the goalkeeper and then by Hugo Duro. If you are attacked, you defend yourself.”

The manager had spoken about the referee not stopping the match after the abuse against the winger and touched on it again, saying: “I think that stopping the game can be a good solution. But I repeat: it is an important moment to take action.”

Talking the protocols in place obsolete, he added: “I think it’s obsolete, yes. Because the protocol had to be applied as soon as you arrive by bus. That’s where the insults begin and the arguments that Vinicius is a provocateur fall.

“It’s not 46,000, but neither is it one or two. Two hours before they were already insulting.”

Calling on La Liga and RFEF to take concrete measures, Ancelotti said: “I’m waiting to see what happens. I hope it’s something. And worried, of course. Because for me, it’s an important moment. It is crucial that they take action… and I look at the Federation and La Liga.”

“It’s very good to condemn, but it’s not enough. I want them to take action. And it hasn’t been done yet.”

Ancelotti confident Vinicius will not leave Real Madrid

In light of these events, there have been a lot of speculations that Vinicius Jr. could consider leaving Real Madrid in the summer. However, Carlo Ancelotti believes that the winger loves the club and is not thinking about an exit.

“No, I don’t think so. Vinicius loves football and Real Madrid. His love for Real Madrid is very great and he wants to make a career in this team,” he said.

When asked if he had spoken to the Brazilian, the manager replied: “Yes, he’s very sad. But he knows that he has the support of everyone, not just Madrid. It’s unconditional support… even rivals!”

Ancelotti reiterated the same when probed by another journalist about Vinicius’ future, as he said: “I don’t think so, because he loves Real Madrid very much. I don’t think that goes through his head.”

When asked if the Brazilian had lost his enthusiasm after recent events, the manager replied: “He hasn’t lost it, no. We will see the penalty he will have and we will evaluate giving him more, or less days off. If he gets two games, I’ll give him a week of vacation. And if he gets a game, no, he will play in Seville.”

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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”



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Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.

Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.

The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.

However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.

“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.

Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.

Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.

So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.

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