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Sergio Arribas talks Ancelotti, Raul, Bellingham, Camavinga ahead of Real Madrid vs Almeria

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Former Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Arribas has confessed that if he scores against Los Blancos tonight, he will not celebrate out of respect.

Arribas, who joined Real Madrid in 2012, will have an exciting Sunday when he visits Santiago Bernabeu, this time with Almeria.

Speaking in an extensive interview with DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), the attacking midfielder shared his thoughts over several aspects while also explaining his departure from the team.

It is to be noted that after failing to get a place in the first team, the 22-year-old decided to move to Almeria last summer on a six-year contract and since switching sides, he has enjoyed a great run of form, scoring five goals in 18 outings.

“I needed to leave Castilla to go to a First Division team to gain experience, to have minutes,” he said.

While explaining his interaction with Carlo Ancelotti and Raul during his departure, he said, 

“The treatment was friendly, I was a player with Castilla and my coach was Raul. He told us previously that when we are promoted to the first team, we have to give our best, whether in the training sessions or in the match, which gives you 10 minutes, half an hour, or one minute of play.”

Thoughts on Bellingham

Speaking further, Arribas revealed that he did not expect Jude Bellingham to have the kind of impact he is having in the Spanish capital. He said that his adaptation has been very good and judging by the look of things, he might mark the beginning of an era.

“I didn’t expect the impact he has had on Madrid, they are the best team in the world, they have an incredible global impact, he has adapted very well and I believe he is a player who will mark an era.”

Sergio Arribas left Real Madrid last summer. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Adding further, he admitted that it would be a very different experience for him to return to Bernabeu in a different shirt, saying, “It would be strange to return home with another shirt. But now I am in Almeria for now and I will play with everything I have.”

He also admitted that he will not celebrate in case he scores a goal tonight. “No, after spending 11 years in my home, I can’t do that.”

Views on the current roster

Explaining his views on the current Real Madrid squad, he explained that the team is very strong and despite injuries to key players, they are still performing at a high level.

“Very strong, as always. They have just won the Super Cup and their season is unbelievable, with all the injuries they have had. This is Real Madrid, the main players are injured and the bench players are at a high level.”

The 22-year-old was also asked about his views on Real Madrid’s policy with regards to the young talents, to which he said,

“At Real Madrid, they are always looking for the best in the world, whether they are young or not, they are always looking for the best and what has the most potential.

“We can see Bellingham, Camavinga and Endrick. Playing for Real Madrid is very difficult, They are always looking for perfection.”

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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