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‘Has a special talent’ – Ancelotti hails Real Madrid starlet after 4-4 draw vs Villarreal



Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid played out an entertaining 4-4 draw against Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica today in their penultimate La Liga fixture of the season.

Arda Guler starred for the newly-crowned champions as he opened the scoring before Joselu doubled their advantage.

Alexander Sorloth pulled a goal back for the Yellow Submarine before Lucas Vazquez made it 3-1 for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Guler then scored another on the cusp of half-time and it appeared that the game was over.

However, Sorloth had other ideas as he scored three goals in the second period to salvage a point for his time.

Speaking after the game, manager Ancelotti had some words of praise for Guler, hailing his ability to score goals, saying:

“I think the closer to goal, the better. He is very effective, he scores a lot with little space, he has a special talent. He shows it better closer to the goal.”

On the game as a whole, the Italian tactician remarked: “It was an entertaining game, with pace, intensity, open, with little balance. What we got out of it is what we had to get out of it, to play with intensity to prepare for the last game of the season.”

“The objective wasn’t the points, we don’t need them. It was to play a good game, with intensity, to avoid problems and injuries. Everything went perfectly,” he added.

Guler scored twice for Real Madrid. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti admitted that he was not overly worried about his side conceding four goals tonight, this close to the UCL final, as he said:

“I’m not worried, it was a very open game, with little balance. We played attacking football, maybe we conceded more than we needed to. It doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t have to be like that in the final.

“Up front they played very well and in attack Arda Güler showed something special.”

The manager also spoke in praise of Andriy Lunin, who may have played his final game of the season, with Thibaut Courtois expected to start against Real Betis and Borussia Dortmund.

“I liked him, he couldn’t do anything about the goals, he was good with his feet. He had pace, he played a good game. Obviously, the goals are not his fault,” the manager said.

On the performance of Eder Militao on the night, he added: “We can say that both central defenders have suffered. Militao is getting close to 100%. We have two weeks, he can be at his best for the final.”

Brahim Diaz also enjoyed an impressive outing at La Ceramica, and earned praise from Ancelotti, who said:

“He’s played a very good season, he’s helped the team a lot, above all he’s one of those who has contributed the most of the non-regulars.

“He, Joselu has scored a lot of goals, Arda too…. His season is very good, the dressing room is ready to work well these two weeks and try to win.”

Source: AS

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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