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Ancelotti unhappy with one aspect of Real Madrid’s displays despite perfect start to season

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Real Madrid have enjoyed a stunning start to the 2022/23 campaign. The reigning La Liga champions are the only team to have won all four of their league games this term and are one of two clubs, along with Arsenal, to maintain a 100% record in the top-five European leagues.

Take in their UEFA Super Cup triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the season and Real Madrid have won five in five across all competitions.

New signing Aurelien Tchouameni has been putting in some stellar displays, Vinicius Junior has carried on from where he left off last season and star striker Karim Benzema has been among the goals – there are a lot of positives to take for Los Blancos.

However, as reported by Bernabeu Digital, Carlo Ancelotti has been left unimpressed by one aspect of his Real Madrid side’s performances this season and wants them to address it at the earliest possible.

The Italian tactician is reportedly unhappy with how Los Merengues have fared defensively this season. In four matches in La Liga, Real Madrid have failed to secure a single clean sheet, conceding one goal each in all of their matches thus far.

Thibaut Courtois has been in good form, but there have been some defensive lapses from the team, like the one new signing Antonio Rudiger made on his La Liga debut against UD Almeria on the opening day of the season. And Ancelotti wants to resolve this at the earliest.

Los Blancos boasted one of the best defensive records in Europe last season and their failure to secure a single shut-out so far, is bound to be a concern, especially when considering that their arch-rivals Barcelona have kept three clean sheets in four games.

Real Madrid will face Celtic in the UEFA Champions League at Parkhead on Tuesday night. Kyogo Furuhashi has been in stunning form for the Scottish champions but is a doubt for the game, which might come as a respite for the Merengues’ defence.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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