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Rodrygo, Asensio, Hazard, Camavinga speak following Real Madrid 2-1 Osasuna | CdR final



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Real Madrid secured their first Copa Del Rey title since 2014 when they beat CA Osasuna 2-1 on Saturday evening.

Rodrygo struck twice to guarantee a victory for Los Blancos, who will be heading into midweek’s Champions League semifinal full of confidence.

Speaking after the game, Rodrygo was elated but denied to label this as the best performance of his career. “Best game of my career? No, the most special was the semi-final against City. Nothing compares,” he said.

The Brazilian forward went on to praise Luka Modric, who once again put in a great effort on the night despite only recovering from injury.

“We want Modrić to stay with us. He’s Real Madrid’s #10. If he ever decides to leave, then it would be an honour to wear #10 at this club, I would consider it,” Rodrygo said.

Modric himself expressed his love for Real Madrid after the game and confirmed his availability for the upcoming UCL game against Manchester City. “This club is my whole life. Hala Madrid!” he said. “I’ll play without problems on Tuesday, don’t worry.”

Another Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, talked about the game, stating, “Finals are meant to be won.” The German also praised Brazilian international Vinicius Junior for his performance, adding, “If you have a player like that with that quality, make the most of him. He’s unstoppable at full focus.”

Eduardo Camavinga, too, chimed in. When asked about his role as a left-back on the night, the young midfielder admitted it is not his favourite position, but expressed his desire to help the team in any way possible. “Left back? Well, I can’t say I like it. But I love helping my team-mates and this club,” he said.

Finally, it was Eden Hazard who spoke after the game. His comments were not exactly as joyous as many of his teammates, as the Belgian doubled down on his desire to play more matches. But more importantly, the attacker confirmed his desire to stay at Santiago Bernabeu beyond the summer.

“I’m planning to stay,” he said. “Of course, I think I can play more minutes. I want to enjoy the year left of my contract.”


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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”



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Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.

Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.

The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.

However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.

“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.

Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.

Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.

So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.

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