In his pre-match press conference ahead of Villareal clash in the Spanish league, Real Madrid’s head coach, Carlo Ancelotti, was asked various interesting question by the media persons ranging from his contract extension with the club to potential changes in penalty kick duties ahead of the La Liga encounter against Villarreal on December 17.
Here is looking at the some of the interesting answers given by the manager:
Endrick’s Arrival at Madrid:
Ancelotti expressed delight about Endrick’s recent visit to Valdebebas, revealing that discussions have taken place about the arrival of the young 17 Brazilian sensation at the biggest club in the world in the summer next season.
Ancelotti stated, “We are delighted with him. He came to visit us and to watch the game. We have spoken with him. We have to wait until July.”
Endrick is currently at the Valdebebas, Real Madrid training center, with his family and is expected to attend the game as an spectator tommorow.
On Real Madrid Penalty Taker Issue:
Addressing changes in penalty kick responsibilities, Ancelotti disclosed, “Last year they were taken by Benzema & then Modrić. Now Modric or Joselu will take them, depending on who is playing. We are working on it.”
It’s worth mentioning that Real Madrid have struggled to find the perfect penalty-taker since the departure of Karim Benzema as Rodrygo, Modric and Joselu all have missed penalties this season.
Ancelotti on His Contract Renewal:
Ancelotti downplayed the urgency of his contract renewal, despite the recent reports from Spain indicating that he is closer to renewing than leaving Real Madrid once his contract expires at the end of this season.
In a report from Marca, it was reported that Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti are closing in on a contract extension, expected to be signed and confirmed in the coming weeks.
Media asked him if he wants the renewal as a Christmas gift, he stated, ” I already have the gift, being the coach of Real Madrid. That is the most important thing. We have time to think about the renewal.”
Regarding the timing of his contract renewal, Ancelotti straightforwardly stated, “It’s a simple question. I will be here until July 30, 2024. That is the time I have to deal with the renewal.”
Super League Ruling’s Impact:
Acknowledging the potential historic significance of the Super League ruling on December 21, Ancelotti commented, “The Super League ruling on the 21st could be historic & change the world of football. We have to wait.”
The Super League is Real Madrid president Florentino Perez dream project where the top 60 teams in Europe will compete for the title if allowed by the court and green-signaled by the football clubs in power.
Advice for Endrick and Kroos Returning to National Team:
Offering advice to Endrick, Ancelotti shared, “I always tell young people that you have to enjoy the moment. We are delighted that he will be our player in July.”
On Kroos potentially returning to the national team, Ancelotti remarked, “If he returns, Germany will be lucky to have one of the best players & midfielders in the world.”
Upcoming Real Madrid Fixtures for 2023:
Real Madrid are set to face Villarreal on December 17 at the home ground before playing away to clash with Deportivo Alavés on Decmber 21 to conclude their 2023 year.