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Official: Real Madrid confirm participation in 2025 FIFA Club World Cup

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Real Madrid have officially confirmed that they will be participating in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup.

Earlier today, comments made by Carlo Ancelotti were misunderstood, leading to the incorrect assumption that Real Madrid would refuse to join the new Club World Cup tournament next summer due to insufficient financial incentives.

It is important to highlight that this expanded competition will take place in the United States in June and July 2025. 

It will feature 32 teams from various regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.

Of the 32 available spots, 29 have already been filled. Real Madrid secured their place by winning the Champions League titles in 2022 and 2024.

What did Ancelotti say?

In a recent interview, Ancelotti mentioned that Real Madrid, along with some other unnamed clubs, were not planning to participate. This statement led to widespread confusion and misinterpretation.

Carlo Ancelotti’s comments about Club World Cup caused massive confusion. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

“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 during the interview.

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

Real Madrid will honour the competition

However, Real Madrid have now made it clear through an official announcement that their participation in this tournament was never in doubt. 

They affirmed their commitment to competing in the FIFA Club World Cup with pride and enthusiasm.

“Real Madrid CF announces that at no time has its participation in the new Club World Cup to be organized by FIFA in the upcoming 2024/2025 season been questioned,” read the official statement from the team. 

“Therefore, our club will compete, as planned, in this official competition that we face with pride and with the utmost enthusiasm to make our millions of fans around the world dream again with a new title,” it added.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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