Speaking to L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has claimed that he is an admirer of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Galtier took over as the manager of PSG this past summer, replacing Mauricio Pochettino. The French tactician has spent his entire career in his homeland, having coached the likes of AS Saint-Etienne, OGC Nice and LOSC Lille, with whom he even won the Ligue 1 title in 2020/21.
Having been handed the reins at Parc des Princes, Galtier has already won the French Super Cup in his short time in charge of the team, while Les Parisiens also sit atop the Ligue 1 standings.
The 56-year-old was talking about his career and football management in general during which he was asked if he had any idol in the game. In response, Galtier named Ancelotti as someone he looks up to, saying:
“I have a lot of admiration for Carlo Ancelotti, he impresses me a lot. I’m very attentive and observant to how Carlo manages his team and how he’s able to reverse incredible situations.”
Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid last year for his second stint after having managed the club between 2013 and 2015 when he had quit PSG to join Los Blancos.
Having come back to the Santiago Bernabeu, the Italian tactician masterminded the La Liga and UEFA Champions League title triumphs with Real Madrid, further cementing his status as one of the most successful managers in the game.
Ancelotti has led Real Madrid to a 100% winning start across all competitions in the new season as well, with the Merengues sitting at the top of the La Liga table, while also having won the UEFA Super Cup already.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.