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Real Madrid youngster has told inner circle he is ‘tired’ of always being a substitute – report

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Real Madrid mounted a second-half comeback to defeat Villarreal 3-2 on Thursday night and secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Having been trailing by two goals at the break, Los Blancos‘ tremendous showing in the second period stole the show.

However, a particular incident involving Carlo Ancelotti and Rodrygo in the second period has seemingly caught the eye of the fans and the media.

Upon being taken off in the second half, Rodrygo trudged off the pitch and did not acknowledge his manager or shake his hand. This sparked a furious reaction from Ancelotti, who was seen admonishing the Brazilian on the bench soon after.

The manager downplayed the incident in his post-match presser, as he said: “He had a slight muscle strain and I decided not to risk him. He didn’t acknowledge me because I think he forgot, I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

However, according to Antonio Romero on Cadena SER, there could be more to Rodrygo’s actions than just him forgetting to shake Ancelotti’s hands.

As per the report, the 22-year-old forward has been telling his inner circle that he is tired of always being a substitute even though he has shown enough to earn a place in the starting XI.

Furthermore, Rodrygo is also said to have grown frustrated as he feels that even when he does start a game, he is always the first one to be substituted by the manager, as was the case on Thursday night against Villarreal.

Of his 25 appearances this season, Rodrygo has started as many as 18. However, it must be noted that many of those starts came due to Karim Benzema’s injury-enforced absence before the World Cup break. Otherwise, Ancelotti, more often than not, has preferred the frontline of Vinicius Jr, Benzema, and Federico Valverde.

Since the World Cup break, the Brazilian has not started in either of Real Madrid’s two La Liga games, and he was not a part of the first XI against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey either.

Given the number of important goals he scored last season, there is a case to be made for Ancelotti to trust him more in important matches.

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  1. Fazlul Hoque

    January 20, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    Rodrygo should start as left winger as well giving some rest to Vinicius Jr.
    He really deserves more minutes.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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