As we enter the final phase of the 2021/22 season, the penultimate stage of the UEFA Champions League will kick off next week.
Real Madrid, who had to overcome Chelsea in a gruelling quarter-final match-up, have been drawn against Premier League champions Manchester City in the semi-finals.
Los Blancos have had tough draws in each of the stages of the competition this term, having had to overcome PSG and Chelsea in the previous two rounds. And the challenge against Pep Guardiola’s team will be huge for Carlo Ancelotti & co.
The Italian tactician addressed that in an interview recently, insisting that Real Madrid have the quality to go all the way in the competition by overcoming the Cityzens.
“Real Madrid has history, tradition and quality to compete until the end. Now we have a tough challenge against City,” he said.
Ancelotti also commented on the removal of the away-goal rule from the European competitions this season, insisting that the change added to the excitement of the contest.
“The new rule of goals away from home, which are no longer worth twice as much, makes these challenges more balanced and exciting,” the Real Madrid manager added.
The manager was also inevitably quizzed about the future of Kylian Mbappe, who has heavily been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.
Ancelotti did not address the question head-on, but praised president Florentino Perez, insisting that the club will have a bright future thanks to the supremo.
“Kylian Mbappé future? The future of Madrid, thanks to Florentino, will be of a high level beyond the players who come. The club will have a new stadium and will continue to make history there,” Ancelotti replied.
Finally, talking about how he was enjoying his second stint as the manager of Real Madrid, he said: “I can say that I’m a lucky coach. I’m training a team I feel very identified with and a team that gives me great satisfaction. I’m the one who has to thank Real Madrid for giving me the opportunity to train this team again.”
Source: Rai Radio 1
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.