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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti sent La Liga title race warning by Barcelona’s Xavi



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As things stand, reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid are sitting pretty at the top of the table, with six wins out of six.

However, Barcelona are breathing down their arch rivals’ necks, with only two points separating both sides so far. With the Catalan giants being a much bigger all-round threat this season, Xavi gave Carlo Ancelotti a warning as both tacticians met at a managerial summit.

This year we’re closer [to winning the league], I think so”, he said, as quoted by El Chiringuito.

During the 2021/22 campaign, Los Blancos finished above the Blaugrana by a sizeable 13 points.

However, the additions of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso have significantly elevated this Barça side.

While Xavi’s take is anything but false, it is also key to note that the side from the Spanish capital also look a cut above in the ongoing term.

With Aurelien Tchouameni’s arrival, the youngster is already levels above Casemiro on the ball, which has made Real Madrid a better outfit in possession as a whole.

In addition, one of the most complete footballers in the world in Federico Valverde has now added output to his game, which means Ancelotti’s men have an additional goal threat at their disposal.

Also, Rodrygo looks like the ideal understudy to Karim Benzema, which coupled with Valverde’s improved productivity, indicates that the European champions are not as reliant on the club captain and Vinicius Jr. to score goals.

Furthermore, Los Merengues have much more experience in their ranks than Barcelona, which continues to give them the edge in the title race. While Xavi’s men have certainly improved and will certainly push Real Madrid, the latter are also reaching new levels this season.

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Real Madrid are considering terminating the contract of €115 million flop – report



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Eden Hazard is one of the Real Madrid players who have vowed to stay at Santiago Bernabeu until the end of his contract. His current deal at the club expires in 2024.

Even though the Real Madrid star has been courted by several MLS and even the Saudi Arabian clubs, the forward has shown no desire to leave Bernabeu just yet. He wants to stay at the club even though Los Blancos are ready to sanction his sale this summer.

In the midst of this drama, a fresh report from Alfredo Matilla suggests Real Madrid are now considering terminating the contract of Eden Hazard.

This comes shortly after a report which claimed that a Real Madrid player who is not out of contract this summer, may shockingly leave the club this summer. Ferland Mendy was a potential candidate, but it appears Hazard has not been ruled out either.

The Belgian international has offered very little since joining from Chelsea in 2019 for a record-breaking €115 million fee. His spell at the Bernabeu has been marred by injuries, while the player has also struggled to impress when given the opportunities.

Inside the Real Madrid dressing room, there is both grief and resentment towards Belgian, who has remained steadfast in his decision to stay at the club. He has a good standing in the team due to his professionalism, but the Real Madrid bosses are determined to get rid of him this summer.

Hazard, after all, is the highest-paid player in the squad and his departure could open up a chunk of the space in the salary mass. But it must be noted that Real Madrid would have to spend a fortune to terminate Hazard’s contract.

Hence, it will be interesting to see whether or not Los Blancos end up splashing the cash in order to get Hazard out of their books this coming summer.

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