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‘FIFA can forget about it’ – Real Madrid won’t take part in the new Club World Cup says Ancelotti

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The FIFA Club World Cup will debut its revamped format with a total of 32 teams in the summer of 2025 in the USA.

Real Madrid have already sealed a spot in the tournament by virtue of their UEFA Champions League wins in 2021/22 and 2023/24.

However, Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti has sensationally claimed that the team will not accept FIFA’s invitation for the tournament.

“FIFA can forget about it. Footballers and clubs will not take part in that tournament. A single Madrid game is worth €20 million and FIFA wants to give us that figure for the whole tournament: negative,” Ancelotti said in an interview with Il Giornale (h/t AS).

“Like us, several clubs will refuse the invitation.”

The new format of the FIFA Club World Cup has come under intense criticism, especially from the players and the FIFPRO, as another lengthy tournament in the calendar only adds to the burden on the footballers.

Real Madrid will already be involved in La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in the new season.

Ancelotti against Club World Cup. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

In addition to that, the Merengues will also participate in the inaugural edition of the FIFA Intercontinental Cup in December 2024.

As such, participation in the Club World Cup would mean a total of seven tournaments for Los Blancos, and could lead to them playing a whopping 72 matches in all competitions.

Given the situation, it is understandable that Ancelotti would take such a stance as far as Real Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup is concerned.

However, it must be noted that Real Madrid have not made any official announcement regarding the same as of yet.

Ancelotti, who turns 65 years old today, also spoke up about how he is feeling at this stage of his career, saying:

“I continue to live the passion, the match, the game, my work. I overcame difficult moments, after the experience at Everton I was out of the spotlight, they said I was old, like at Napoli.

“I warned my children: I’m not old, I don’t feel these years.”

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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