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Rodrygo annoyed with Ancelotti over substitution vs Sevilla: “I wanted to score one more”

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Real Madrid’s last away game of the season saw them secure a 2-1 victory over Sevilla. It was a hard-fought victory for the Spanish giants, who had to rely on two goals from Rodrygo to claim three points.

Speaking after the game, Rodrygo said he was pleased with his performance on the night. He particularly liked the free-kick goal. “It is difficult to choose. They were two nice goals. I think the second one was a bit better, but scoring a free-kick is always special. I hadn’t scored a free-kick for a while. I’m pleased with them both,” he said.

Talking about his free-kick, the forward added, “We always work on them in training and talk about them beforehand. We have some very good free-kick takers and whoever is more confident takes it. I picked up the ball and everyone knew I was going to shoot, there wasn’t any fuss. We trust each other.”

Rodrygo was named the Man of the Match following his two goals and exceptional performance against the Sevilla backline. However, he was a bit frustrated after not being allowed the opportunity to bag a hat-trick.

“I was a bit angry because I wanted to score one more and make it a hat trick. But that’s OK. The coach told me that it was no big deal and that we were going to win anyway,” he said.

Another player who was involved in this game was Lucas Vazquez. The winger said he is enjoying his life playing as a fullback at Real Madrid, stating, “I’m very comfortable playing at full-back. I’ve been playing as a winger for many years, but right now I’m really enjoying my new position. I’m feeling better every year and I like it, I feel very good.”

Lucas went on to talk about the importance of the youth system at Real Madrid. “It’s always important to have home-grown players. Those of us who have been at Real Madrid for so many years know how hard you have to work and what it takes to get to the first team,” he said.

Dani Ceballos, meanwhile, took to social media to show his leg after the injury, with the caption, “Leaving your team with 10 and coming back. Now that is difficult. For real.”

Ceballos was the victim of a rash tackle which left him injured. But he managed to stay on for ninety minutes and help Real Madrid secure the tie.

Source: Real Madrid website

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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