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Carlo Ancelotti talks Modric, World Cup, and their group ahead of Celtic vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid’s defence of the Champions League begins tomorrow as Carlo Ancelotti’s men travel to Glasgow to take on Scottish defending champs Celtic. Los Blancos are so far unscathed in La Liga and will hope they can bridge that winning run into the UCL.

Much like last season, Madrid have been mostly written off for this UCL season as well. Ancelotti certainly still believes they are the biggest club in the world, and spoke to the media ahead of their trip to the UK.

On the Real Madrid-UCL connection: “Real Madrid have always been respected in this competition, not only because we won it last season.”

On the World Cup: “Now we only think about the group stages, we don’t know what will happen after the World Cup.”

“I think we won’t have a problem until the World Cup. The doubt is how players will return after it.”

On Celtic: “Celtic are not going to change their attitude tomorrow. They’ll play attacking football but we are not worried about defending.”

On Real Madrid not being favourites: “I’m not surprised, it’s good. We will compete until the end, as always. Hopefully, we will play in the final again.”

On their ‘easy’ group: “It’s not an easy group. Celtic are doing very well and we respect them. Same for Leipzig and Shakhtar. There are always surprises in the group stages.”

“We all remember what happened against Sheriff last season. Anything can happen.”

On Luka Modric: “He’s still one of the best midfielders. He has not had big injuries during his career and this allows him to be this good at 36.”

“He will turn 37 this week and will have a big birthday party. I hope I get invited (laughs).”

“There is no explanation for him. He’s a fantastic player, with a great attitude, great quality.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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