Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti appeared as a guest at ‘C he tempo che fa’ on Rai3 where he talked about several aspects of football, including the impact of VAR and his relationship with the champions.
Amidst all this, however, the manager received a special message from former Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and current AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker praised the Italian for his professionalism before branding him ‘number 1’.
“Hi Carlo, congratulations for what you have done and for what you have won,” said Ibrahimovic (h/t Corriere dello Sport)
“You are number 1, I was very lucky to have you as a coach, but you too were lucky to have me as a coach.
“The main luck, however, was to know the person you are and for this, I tell you that as a person you are even better than as a coach. I love you, but don’t tell me again that you’re not rich and that I have to lend you some money, because now you’re in good shape too,” he joked.
Responding to this, Ancelotti, who coached Ibrahimovic during their time at Paris Saint-Germain, said that he is a player who gets more pleasure in assisting a goal rather than scoring one himself.
“Zlatan was one of the few players I’ve coached who had more pleasure in making an assist than in scoring a goal, it was like that in Paris. He is a great player and a great character,” said the Real Madrid manager.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti also gave his opinion on the VAR technology where he said, “Before you rejoiced, now with the check you have to wait, but even when you concede a goal you have this lifeline, this possibility.”
Ancelotti has coached some of the finest players the sport has ever seen, and while shedding light on the same, he added,
“[Marco] Van Basten, [Franco] Baresi, [Paolo] Maldini, then Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, [Karim ]Benzema, Vinicius . There are so many.
“Better to win by playing well than to lose by playing well. Is it better to have strong players with a bad coach or to have bad players and a strong coach? You don’t win with bad players,” he concluded.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.