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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s heartwarming message to Carlo Ancelotti: “Great coach, better person”

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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.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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