Ancelotti: Real Madrid will adapt if Asensio or Ceballos change their mind and leave


FROMCarlo Ancelotti happy with his RealMadrid detachment as it is, but increased the possibility Marco Asensio or Daniel Ceballos leaving the club before graduation summer transfer window.

Discussing the two players during Saturday’s press conference, he praised their work ethic and said they were both in his plans, but acknowledged they could push for a departure before the deadline.

“At the moment they are both still here and working well,” Ancelotti he said of the two Spaniards.

“But, if something changes in their minds, we will adapt.

“We have a deep squad, we want to give all the players minutes and we have the World Cup in the middle. So we will change more often than last season.”

The coach also discussed Sunday almeria game, explaining that he is excited to start as RealMadrid aiming to defend their title in La Liga Santander.

“We feel good and are excited to start this new league campaign,” the coach said.

“Each match will be very competitive and challenging starting tomorrow. The season will be long.

Ancelotti spoke about the contenders for the Golden Ball

The press conference also discussed the 30-man shortlist for the 2022 Ballon d’Or. Six RealMadrid players have been listed – Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema, Vinicius, Casemiro, Luka Modric as well as Anthony Rudiger -but Toni Kroos was expelled and the coach was asked about it.

“That surprises me because he had a good season,” he replied.

“I’m also surprised they didn’t mention people like Vera Valverde, Eder Militao as well as David Alaba.

“I guess they can’t list all RealMadrid players, as that would be a big problem.”

On the Courtois and his chances of winning Ancelotti stated that the Belgian is now the best goalkeeper in the world.

“We are enjoying Courtoisbest goalkeeper in the world right now” Ancelotti said.

“I can’t say if he is the best I have ever had as I have also worked with goalkeepers like [Gianluigi] Buffoon, [Petr] Czech, [Manuel] Neuer, [Iker] boxes as well as Diego Lopez.”


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