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Real Madrid considering Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta as a possible Ancelotti replacement

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Problems between Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez seem to have gathered steam to an extent that the team is said to be on the lookout for a potential replacement.

In that regard, current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has emerged as a serious contender, reports Tomas Gonzalez-Martin via Remontada Blanca.

We have reported before that Perez has expressed his discontent over some of Ancelotti’s decisions of late. To begin with, the club president does not like the fact that the Italian is not giving enough chances to the likes of Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos.

In fact, Perez has specifically told Ancelotti that the reliance on Toni Kroos and Luka Modric should reduce. While there is some substance to his demand, given the duo’s age, the suggestion interestingly came days after it was reported that the manager sees the midfielders as the backbone of his project.

In any way, Real Madrid have largely struggled to keep their nose up in the La Liga title race this season. The team is already nine points behind league leaders and are also trailing in the Copa del Rey semi-final at the moment.

If Ancelotti fails to alter results, high chance that he might be asked to leave. And in this case, Madrid are preparing a succession plan and a certain Mikel Arteta has emerged as a top candidate.

The Spaniard has altered Arsenal’s destiny altogether in a very short period to an extent that they currently lead the Premier League standings by five points. In his three years of managerial career with Arsenal, he has won 97 of 166 games across all competitions, drawing 25 and losing 44.

Arteta has built a strong, youthful team that plays an attractive, attacking brand of football and it is bound to attract admiration from outside, with Real Madrid chiefs seemingly taking note. However, prying him away from the Gunners will not be easy.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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