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Real Madrid legend on Ancelotti’s Brazil links: “Don’t think he has signed anything”



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Roberto Carlos is rightly considered one of Real Madrid’s greatest-ever defenders. The Brazilian icon made himself a household name during his stint at the club and is even considered to be the greatest left-back in the history of the game.

The former defender currently works as a football ambassador whilst also serving as a member of Real Madrid’s marketing and management team. Given his role in the management, it is safe to say that the legend has a clearer idea of the daily activities and movements in the club.

Carlos gave a detailed interview to MARCA earlier this week, outlining Carlo Ancelotti’s situation in detail. He first spoke about the probability of the Italian manager having an agreement with the Brazilian National Team, saying:

“In the case of Ancelotti, who I’ve known for a long time, I don’t think he signed a contract with them and he has a contract with Real Madrid. We have to wait. With Real Madrid, he has one year in his contract.”

Carlos then went on to explain his close association with Ancelotti on a daily basis. He stated and reasoned his opinion on the manager’s future by saying:

“I still think he is committed to them. I am always with him in training and in matches, I travel with the team, I do not think he has signed anything with Brazil.”

The legendary left-back revealed that the Real Madrid manager had directly quizzed him about coaching National Teams recently. He further added that the comments made by Ednaldo Rodrigues, the CBF president, about Ancelotti came as a surprise to him.

“Carlo only asked me how to choose in national team training, but he never said he wanted to sign something or that he had already signed. When the Brazilian Confederation president’s statements appeared, I was surprised. It would not be professional to sign two contracts at the same time.”

The Brazilian legend then went on to cover the topic of racism and targeted insults at Vinicius Jr. He extended his complete support to the youngster and brought out instances where he went through the same.

“I went through the same thing or worse when I was a player. They hit my car, they threw bananas on the field and there was no social media then. I don’t like talking about racism.”

Finally, Carlos made a revelation about Real Madrid’s stance on racism and said that the club did not encourage overt public reactions over the issue.

“Yeah, at Real Madrid they teach players not to make too many statements about it, because that gives importance to those who don’t respect other people.”

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Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas



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There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.

Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.

Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.

And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.

Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.

Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.

Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.

Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.

The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.

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