The coming summer transfer window will be a historic one with several high profile moves expected to be made.
Some of the best forwards in the world including Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, and Romelu Lukaku are likely looking for new clubs. Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid are in the running for more than one of them.
Mbappe’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu is said to be very close to being completed, while Haaland is set to make his decision known in the next month. There is a third striker who wants to join Ancelotti’s side according to Diario AS, and it is Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish international has a contract until 2024 at Bayern Munich and does not intend to sign a renewal. He dreams of coming to La Liga and playing the final years of his career in Real Madrid colours.
The striker’s entourage denies any chances of running down his contract and moving as a free agent. With one year left on his contract, Los Blancos would have to pay close to €50-60 million for his signing.
This season, the Bundesliga striker has found the back of the net 31 times in 27 league games. He averages five shots per game and has missed 29 big chances. Moreover, he provides 1.2 key passes per game.
Barcelona too have been linked with Lewandowski and are said to have an agreement with the player. Negotiations between the clubs have begun. However, with the player’s heart in Madrid, the situation could change quickly.
Ancelotti talks Guler, Modric, Kroos, Kepa, Xabi Alonso ahead of Real Madrid vs Las Palmas
Following the harrowing 3-1 defeat at the hands of local rivals Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid will be aiming to bounce back strongly when they take on Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The loss to Atleti saw Los Blancos’ perfect start to the season coming to a screeching halt and Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be eager to start putting together another winning streak.
There were a lot of fingers pointed towards the manager due to his team selection and tactics against Atletico Madrid and Ancelotti answered questions about the same as well as several other topics in his press conference.
On facing Las Palmas after the defeat to Atleti, the Real Madrid boss said: “We have to prepare well for the game. Las Palmas are a team that play good football and like to play with the ball and that’s why we have to win to react to Sunday’s defeat.”
Responding to the criticism aimed at him after the derby loss, Ancelotti admitted that it is a part of his job as the coach of Real Madrid, while also insisting that there are some chinks the team needs to iron out.
“Criticism is part of a coach’s job because when you are a Real Madrid coach it is normal that there is criticism when things don’t work out. It doesn’t affect me,” he said.
“But having said that, I have to evaluate in a self-critical way the things we are doing well, which are many, and the things we have done badly, which are few.”
There have been questions asked about the diamond midfield formation that Ancelotti is using, but the Italian insisted that the system works while admitting that there are some holes that need to be filled.
“I’m clear that we have to improve the things we did against Atlético. Every system has its weaknesses. The diamond formation is not perfect but it allows us to press higher up the pitch, but the weakness is that sometimes they can find you out of position on the flank,” he stated.
On the public opinion against him, especially after the defeat to Atletico, Ancelotti insisted that while he respects that people have their opinions, he does not pay much heed to them.
Addressing the concerns surrounding the team’s tendency to concede goals early in the game this season, Ancelotti added: “We have to go into the games in a different way because we’ve conceded goals early on.”
“Public opinion can give their opinion and say whatever they want because football is a passion. You have to respect it and that’s it but I can’t get into this and I have to have balance in my decisions,” the manager claimed.
“Because of my background, I am capable of evaluating how things are going. After winning six games out of six, with all the problems we’ve had, which everyone knows, I think we’ve done well”.
Moving on to an update on the team news, Ancelotti confirmed that he will have the trio of Dani Carvajal, Vinicius Jr, and Arda Guler available for the match, as he said:
“They are all available (Carvajal, Vinicius and Güler). Tomorrow they will be available and I have to evaluate if it’s good to give them minutes from the start or during the game.”
On the topic of Guler in particular, Ancelotti said: “Guler is doing well but he lacks competitive playing time, that’s normal. What he has shown with us is that he has extraordinary talent.”
Talking about his team selection for the derby, the Real Madrid boss stated: “I don’t think I changed so many players in the derby. I put Luka as ’10’ but we’ve done that before.”
There have been complaints that Ancelotti does not seem to be keen on moving on from the pair of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos when it comes to the big games. Responding to that, he said:
“Everyone can say what they want and I have to focus on my job. It’s not true that I don’t dare to leave Kroos and Modric on the bench in important games because every game is important.”
Further heaping praise on the veteran duo, he added: “I think Modric and Kroos can play in any system in the world because of their quality, experience and knowledge.”
Reports earlier today suggested that Real Madrid have already chosen former midfielder Xabi Alonso as the man to replace Ancelotti at the helm next season.
When asked about the possibility of the Bayer Leverkusen manager taking over, the Italian replied: “I have had Xabi Alonso as a player and I think he has a great knowledge of football and is doing very well.
“I wish that one day he will coach Real Madrid like I do with Raúl and Arbeloa. They are people I know and love very much and I hope that one day they can be Real Madrid coaches”.
On his own contract, Ancelotti said: “My renewal is not a matter of interest. Everyone knows that I’m doing very well here but it’s not the right time to talk about it because there are a lot of games.”
Before signing off, the Real Madrid boss had some words of encouragement for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as well.
“Kepa has total confidence. He is very good and is adapting very well. The three goals conceded is a problem for everyone. I don’t like to point the finger at anyone, least of all Kepa, who couldn’t do anything,” he said.
Source: Mundo Deportivo