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Vicente del Bosque talks Real Madrid, Ancelotti: “A team with very good players”

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with Mundo Deportivo, former Real Madrid and Spain manager has given his opinion on the current Los Blancos side.

Del Bosque was the manager of Real Madrid between 1999 and 2003. Prior to that, he had two separate stints as caretaker boss of the Spanish capital club. During his reign, the Merengues won two La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies.

Del Bosque also led the Spanish national team to their first and only FIFA World Cup triumph in 2010 and followed that up with the UEFA Euro 2012 triumph.

The 71-year-old, who retired from management in 2016, is seen as a legend at Real Madrid and has now given his two cents on the current setup under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Speaking highly of the reigning champions of Spain and Europe, Del Bosque said: “Every time I see them play I say to myself that they can’t lose that game, and I’m almost always right.

“It’s a team with very good, dynamic players, and in midfield the reliability of Kroos and Modric, who are vital to the team.”

And when asked about his thoughts on Ancelotti, the World Cup-winning manager said: “He represents the club very well.”

Ancelotti’s Real Madrid started the season strongly, winning the UEFA Super Cup and going on an unbeaten run in all competitions until late October.

However, just before the World Cup break, the Merengues’ form seemed to be on the downward curve as they allowed Barcelona to take the lead in the La Liga title race.

Currently, Real Madrid are two points behind their arch-rivals in the standings and will look to cut down into the gap when they resume their La Liga campaign against Real Valladolid on December 30.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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