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Ancelotti unhappy with referee after Real Madrid 1-1 Girona: “It’s not a penalty”

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Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by a lowly Girona side on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos had taken the lead through Vinicius Jr’s strike in the second half but saw a penalty awarded against them after Marco Asensio was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box, which Cristhian Stuani tucked away to level things up.

But the decision to award the penalty has not gone down too well in the Madrid camp, considering that the ball appeared to hit Asensio’s chest before ricocheting into his left arm.

Speaking to the press after the match, Ancelotti expressed his displeasure at the refereeing, given that Real Madrid also had a goal from Rodrygo Goes chalked off.

“I don’t like to talk about this, but today I am going to do it. The first situation is quite clear, it is not a penalty because he does not touch the ball with his hand. I have spoken with Asensio and he tells me that he has hit him in the chest,” he said (h/t MARCA).

“It is true that the left hand is in a bit of a strange position. If he touches the ball with his hand there could be a doubt, but he simply does not give the ball with his hand. They have made it up. The second situation is a bit more debatable, The rule is clear, there was no clear control, but there you can give your opinion. I’m not going to discuss this.”

“What surprises me is the penalty, which came at an important moment in the game, it was on track, although it cost us a lot. After this situation, we have two points less in the table.”

On whether Real Madrid failed to win because of the refereeing decisions, he added: “I don’t know if we didn’t win because of that. This episode has affected the game. We were able to play better, but at this point in the season, it’s difficult to have a very high level of play.”

On the status of the squad, he said: “I can say that the squad is strong, but words are gone with the wind. We have to show it on the pitch. We have two home games and the trip to Rayo, which is complicated. We’re going to react well”.

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out

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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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