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Azar remains at Real Madrid: Ancelotti


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The Belgian national team Azar is experiencing difficulties in Madrid after completing the transfer from Chelsea in June 2019 for 100 million euros (151.6 million dollars), and injuries and problems with physical fitness prevented the striker.

Azar spent just seven starts in 17 games in La Liga and 688 minutes in that campaign when Madrid reached its 35th league champion.

However, the 31-year-old seems to be a favorite among his teammates in the Spanish capital after he was encouraged to join the celebration after winning La Liga and winning the UEFA Champions League semi-final over Manchester City.

Ancelotti, speaking before a trip to Cadiz on Monday (AEST), made it clear that he intends to leave Azar in Madrid.

“I didn’t talk about continuity. He stays with great motivation because he didn’t have a good time. He wants to show his quality. Azar’s plan is clear: he stays,” said Ancelotti.

Asked if Azar could play for Cadiz when Ancelotti escapes before the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool on May 29 (AEST), the Italian replied: “I think so. In a team like Madrid, there are many games.

“There will be rotations. With a fuller lineup you can spin more and everyone can have opportunities. Being a starter in a big team is very difficult. For everyone, not just for those who play less.

“I believe that this is a locker room of a very high level. Professionals, first of all, are not arrogant. Everyone is very modest and very respectful. This is a locker room with a very high quality character.

“It has been difficult to find such locker rooms in my career.

“The number of minutes doesn’t matter. We have the example of Rodrigo. He didn’t play many minutes, but they were good when he played.”

Ancelotti also confirmed that he plans to rest Karim Benzema again, and Vinicius Jr. and Thibaut Courtois are also in line for a break.

“I gave him a rest because he deserves it,” he said of Benzema. “I gave him two days. Tomorrow I also rest Vinicius and Courtois. They will return on Tuesday [Wednesday AEST].

“[Dani] Carvajal, [Dani] Sebalas, Azar are back … We are carrying out the plan well, and next week they will all return. “

As for the future of captain Marcello, Ancelotti promised to start negotiations at the end of the season, while he praised such as Federico Valverde, Rodrigo and Eduardo Camavingo.

“Everyone did their job. Those I knew less about surprised me: Valverde, Rodrigo, Camavingo. Vinicius did not surprise me because he has this talent,” he continued.

“He was more successful in the finish. I would say that Rodrigo, Camavingo and Valverde are three.”

Madrid have won both of their last two visits to Cadiz in La Liga (2-1 in August 2005 and 3-0 in April 2021) and could record three such victories for the second time in the competition (three between 1987 and 1990). ).


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