Carlo Ancelotti said he wanted to stay with the youthful midfield core existing at the Bernabeu and that Real Madrid will not participate in the bidding battle for Jude Bellingham.
Before the World Cup, teams were already interested in Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund, but his worth increased in Qatar as he scored a goal and played a key part in England’s quarterfinal match against France, although coming up short.
Ancelloti told the press, “There are a lot of young players, like Enzo [Fernandez], and a lot of midfielders who are coming through, some of them Spanish.”
Bellingham is one of them, but I’ll stick with my excellent midfielders, particularly the young ones like Valverde, Camavinga, and Tchouameni. There are many young players among us.
The event will be remembered for Tchouameni’s missed penalty in the championship game, despite the fact that he scored for France against Bellingham’s England.
All three midfielders were active in Qatar, and considering that Bellingham, should he decide to leave Dortmund this summer, would be one of the largest acquisitions in history, Ancelotti’s choice may out up being the best one in the long run.
He also spoke about Rodrygo, a member of the Los Blancos World Cup squad who scored the game-winning goal in their Copa del Rey victory against Cacereno on Tuesday.
Ancelotti said, “I don’t know whether he should be a starter since in every game he already contributes, whether he starts or comes off the bench.
“There are very few, if any, beginners. Vini and Benzema have been rotated a bit, but Karim is injured, therefore Rodrygo has filled in at No. 9.
He is not a specialist in positions, but rather in offensive football, thus it’s crucial that he can play in any attacking position because of his exceptional skill.
Never undervalue Villarreal
Finally, Ancelotti praised Quique Setien, his Villarreal counterpart, for his effort.
Real Madrid will play a squad at the Estadio de la Ceramica that is seventh in La Liga and has only suffered one loss in all competitions since the beginning of November.
Ancelotti said, “Villarreal have changed a little bit, they play football with a defined identity, they play well.
“The game will be fascinating because we also want to do well. The team is in excellent physical and mental form, and they are motivated and focused. Something has changed; Setien now prefers playing aggressive, strategically sound football. The game will be played in the open.
“We have to give it our all if we want to win. They recently played well, including a victory against Valencia.