Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti shed light on several aspects during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Celta Vigo clash, including a few words on his own future as well as Casemiro’s.
Starting off by praising his Saturday’s opponent, the manager said that it is going to be a difficult match as Celta have ‘more resources than Almeria’.
“We have prepared well for the match. Celta have more resources than Almeria. It will be different. It will be an important match and we want to continue the good dynamics,” said the manager during the conference, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
The manager was bombarded with questions regarding Casemiro’s potential move to Manchester United. Speaking in the context, the Italian more or less confirmed the exit and also explained how the team is reacting to a sudden transfer.
“We see him with respect and we understand him,” highlighted the manager.
“When he asks out we have to understand and respect him. We are neither angry nor sad. Of course, on a personal level, after so many years, you are not happy, but respect prevails for his decision,” he added.
Upon asking whether he tried to convince the Brazilian to stay, Ancelotti had a clear answer.
“No, he has helped us a lot and listening to his wishes there is no way to go back. If everything goes well for him, we have to wish him the best.”
Speaking further on the possible substitutions, Ancelotti said that he is not really worried as the team has got all the bases covered.
“We have good and many players for that position. Like Tchouameni, one of the best midfielders on the market. Kroos can also play there and Camavinga.
“We have other players with other characteristics who can play. Tchouameni is more similar to Casemiro, but also Kroos can play there,” added the manager.
“Our midfielders now are Modrić, Kroos, Tchouameni, Valverde, Camavinga and Ceballos. 6 midfielders are enough for this season. They’re very very good.”
Finally, when asked about his own future and whether he would leave Real like Casemiro is about to, the manager did not rule out the possibility.
“Casemiro has understood very well what Real Madrid. But there comes a time when you want to try something new, even if you feel very well. It’s something personal and I understand it,” he concluded.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.