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Carlo Ancelotti praises Real Madrid-linked Serie A forward: “He is a great player”

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has lavished praise on Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, calling him a ‘great player’, amid transfer links between the club and the player.

Kvaratskhelia has been a breakout star in Serie A this season after joining Napoli last summer. The Georgian winger has been one of the driving forces behind the Partenopei’s charge to the Scudetto this term, having banged in 11 goals and 11 assists from 22 matches thus far.

The 22-year-old winger has also been stellar in the UEFA Champions League, racking up a tally of two goals and four assists from six matches.

Kvaratskhelia is a boyhood Real Madrid fan and has admitted to idolising Los Blancos legends like Guti in the past.

Given his exploits with Napoli this term, the Merengues, too, have reportedly taken an interest in the Georgian international winger, who will likely cost around €100 million or even more.

Now, Ancelotti has come out and praised the winger, which could serve to fuel the transfer speculations further.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Ancelotti said: “Kvaratskhelia is a great player, he is doing well with Victor Osimhen, they are very efficient.”

Ancelotti, who managed Napoli in the past, is a known admirer of Kvaratskhelia. In fact, this is not the first time that the Real Madrid boss has spoken highly of the 22-year-old speedster.

Back in October last year, the Italian tactician had said: “He is a special player. We were already following him when I was at Napoli.”

Whether this admiration from Ancelotti leads to any concrete move from Real Madrid’s part to sign Kvaratskhelia in the summer remains to be seen.

Given that Vinicius Jr has the left flank locked down at the Santiago Bernabeu, quite how Los Blancos would plan to utilise the Napoli man if they do indeed make efforts to sign him will be interesting to see.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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