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Serie A winger reacts to praise from Ancelotti, names two Real Madrid icons as his idols

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During the period between May 2018 and December 2019, Carlo Ancelotti was the man in charge of Napoli. His spell at the Serie A side was far from his best stints and he left the Italians after 19 months for Everton.

Yet, there is still a deep sense of respect between the manager and his former side. Earlier today, Napoli phenomenon Khvicha Kvaratskhelia expressed his happiness over receiving praise from Ancelotti as revealed by Corriere dello Sport.

“Ancelotti called me special? It’s a great emotion, he made me happy & I thank him from the bottom of my heart,” the winger said.

The response comes in light of Ancelotti’s interview earlier this week where he spoke about Napoli’s strong start to the season and their game-changing summer signings. During that conversation, he has only words of praise for Kvaratskhelia.

“Kvaratskhelia surprise? He is a special player. We were already following him when I was at Napoli,” Ancelotti had said.

Further elaborating on his adulation for Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia then revealed that both of his footballing idols were Real Madrid legends, Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is my idol, even if my first one was Real Madrid’s Guti. When I played in the streets of Tbilisi, I wore a white shirt, writing his name on the back.”

The 21-year-old completed his move from Dinamo Batumi to Italy in a deal worth €10 million in July. With less than half the over, the club are already convinced they got their man on a bargain.

In his first eight games for Napoli, the Georgian international has scored five goals and provided two assists. Quite clearly, he did not require much time to adapt to his new environment.

The youngster is now on the radars of Chelsea and Liverpool given his strong performances. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid jump into the race for him eventually, especially given that Ancelotti has his eye on him.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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