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Carlo Ancelotti very annoyed by the criticism leaked to the media by Real Madrid
Reports recently had claimed Real Madrid have renewed their faith in Carlo Ancelotti following the club’s splendid performance in the Copa Del Rey semifinal against Barcelona, coupled with their victory over Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals.
However, despite these speculations, Mario Cortegana and Guillermo Rai claim Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the club is far from secure.
The two Athletic reporters suggest the Italian manager and his team do not know whether they would remain at Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. Privately, the coach has been left annoyed with the criticism that has been leaked to the media.
The criticisms were about his management overall, including his team selection and tactical choices. The veteran manager had faced a similar scenario during his first term at the Bernabeu.
Florentino Perez, for his part, does not have much patience with players that struggle to deliver his favourite trophies – the Champions League and La Liga. Real Madrid are already on the verge of missing out on the league title, so it will be imperative for Ancelotti to help his team deliver the UCL.
Real Madrid are slated to face Manchester City in the semifinals, which could prove to be a challenging affair for the Spanish giants. Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has already favoured Man City in the tie due to their strong defence.
Meanwhile, Florentino Perez also does not like managers that get too close to the players. He prefers a strongman who can have control of the dressing room. That is why Real Madrid ended up hiring managers such as Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane twice over the past decade.
While Ancelotti does have a good outlook in the dressing room, the Italian coach must deliver come the end of the season, if he is to retain his place as the Real Madrid manager next season.
It promises to be an important phase ahead, not just only for Ancelotti but Real Madrid in general.
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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million
Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.
Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.
The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.
The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.
Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.
The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.
Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.