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Real Madrid president believes Ancelotti is the reason for team’s struggles – report



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According to reports from Sergi Valentin, Florentino Perez believes that Carlo Ancelotti is the reason Real Madrid are struggling on the field. The club president is unhappy with several of the manager’s decisions and even went down to the locker room to have a word with the Italian after the team’s draw to Real Betis.

Perez had some advice to give Ancelotti, especially as to the players he wanted to see more of on the field. The Real Madrid supremo is understood to have told the manager that he wants Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio to play a bigger part in games and added that Toni Kroos and Luka Modric should play less.

Such an amalgamation of the administration and management in the world of football does not fare well usually, for the coach is expected to have the freedom to take his own decisions.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ancelotti saw Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as the backbone of his project. Both midfielders were said to be undisputed starters in all major games.

With Perez now ruling that the duo should be phased out, there seems to be a clear conflict between the president and Ancelotti.

Moreover, given that the Italian tactician has preferred Alvaro Rodriguez over Marco Asensio of late, the topic of the 27-year-old’s inclusion widens the gap between the two parties.

It will be interesting to see whether the coach sticks with his guns or heeds his superior’s commands. Needless to say, his decisions regarding the team selection will have a direct bearing on Real Madrid’s run in the critical weeks that lie ahead.

The Merengues next face Espanyol in La Liga before hosting Liverpool in the second leg of the UCL Round of 16. Thus, there is little time for the team to find their form back.

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  1. Abc

    March 8, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    Madrid board: *Rejects all transfer proposal made by Ancelloti although the team relied on pulling off miracles to win and sold some key players*

    Also the Madrid Board: * Why can’t Ancelloti do his job?!*

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Manchester City join race to sign €40 million-rated Real Madrid target



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Manchester City have now joined the ever-growing list of admirers for Celta Vigo midfielder and Real Madrid target Gabri Veiga, reports Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the breakout stars of La Liga this season, having impressed with his goalscoring abilities from the centre of the park. Indeed, the youngster has notched up nine goals in La Liga and his exploits have made the giants of Europe sit up and take notice.

Real Madrid are said to be interested in Veiga’s services heading into the summer. The Merengues have Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos on expiring contracts and it is unlikely that all three will be renewed, especially with Jude Bellingham being on the agenda.

In case of Modric and Kroos, even if they stay, it will likely be for only a season at the most. Hence, Los Blancos could require more than one central midfielder come summer, with Veiga emerging as an option.

The 20-year-old was also attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. Now, Manchester City have also jumped on the bandwagon of clubs interested in Veiga’s services.

The Cityzens, who are battling Real Madrid for Bellingham as well, are set to lose Ilkay Gundogan in the summer when his contract expires. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva’s future is also far from certain, thus necessitating the signing of another midfielder.

Veiga has a release clause worth €40 million in his contract with Celta Vigo, which should not be a problem for either Real Madrid or Manchester City.

Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino recently admitted that the midfielder could leave the club in the summer, saying:

“We don’t want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. And we can’t do anything there. We know some of his offers and it is impossible to reach them.

“There are several teams behind Gabri. Real Madrid? They haven’t asked us, we don’t know if they will have called the player. Of the top 10 in the Premier League, four have asked about him.”

It will certainly be interesting to see whether Real Madrid are prepared to go all out for Veiga’s signing or decide to entirely focus on their pursuit of Bellingham.

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