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Carlo Ancelotti talks new center-back signing, Endrick and ACL injuries ahead of Alaves trip

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Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti answered questions from the media ahead of the game against Alaves.

The match will be played on Thursday night at 20:30 GMT.

Firstly, the Italian spoke about his side’s ambitions for the game against Alaves: “We want to continue with the good dynamics of the last matches, get the three points. And finish well 2023.”

Center-back signing

“Signing a center-back? I’m not saying no, we have talked to the club, we will evaluate it these days, there is time. The market in January does not end until the 31st of that month, we are going to look for the best possible solution. At the moment, we are not in a hurry. We are going to finish the year well and then there is time to make the best possible decision.”

The Kepa-Lunin debate

“I don’t have the idea of rotating in goal, they are both doing very well. Lunin has made a lot of progress, he has shown a lot of security when he has played. And Kepa has maintained his level. When Kepa is back, I would like to reward both of them. Tomorrow Kepa will play and then I will choose one of the two.”

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Carlo Ancelotti confirms Kepa will start against Alaves, leaving Lunin on the bench (Photo via Real Madrid)

The Super League ruling

“We are all waiting for this decision, it can be important for the future of European football. Then, we’ll see what can happen.”

Incident with Bellingham and referee Figueroa Vázquez

“I don’t think we should remember all this by a gesture of a referee. It was not disrespectful, it may be that the referee, who is a judge, has to avoid these things, but I keep in mind that the referees also get heated up with the protests. I don’t think it’s serious to set up a problem that doesn’t exist.”

Recurrent injuries

“The moment is very complicated, it’s the truth, fortunately I have to thank the players who are moving things forward. What is special is what this squad is doing at a time like this.”

Tchouaméni as a center-back

“He doesn’t like to play as a central defender, as Camavinga doesn’t like to play as a full-back. In emergency situations, he did very well. He knows that if there is an emergency, he will play there.”

Preferred center-back profile

“It’s not time to talk about names. If there is a good chance, we will do it. There is time to think about it.”

Drawing Leipzig in UCL

“They are a team that competes, that fights, with good individualities, and does well in the German league. They are very good. They have a lot of quality.”

VAR audios being made public

“I see it as a small detail, quite curious, but nothing more. I don’t care what the referees talk about during the game. I wish you all the best in 2024. Or at least, that they are less mistaken than in 2023.”

Endrick

“I think that the experience that young people have had from Brazil is the experience that he wants to have. He is excited and delighted to return in July.”

Winter signing

“I’m not saying if I would like it or not, I’m saying we’re going to think about it. Together, we will make the best decision.”

His future

“The future is the match and the vacation week. My contract ends on June 30. If there’s any news, I’ll say it.”

ACL injuries and return dates

“The ACL injury is unpredictable, it cannot be predicted. Muscle injuries are different. It can be many things, a lot of load, tiredness… This can be evaluated a little more, the ACL does not. We’ve fixed it well, let’s see what happens in the second part of the season. In March or April we can think that some are coming back, Militão or Courtois can come back if everything goes well.”

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